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Can Amla Helps Prevent Hair Fall?

Dr. Ayaz Kharadi 88% (10 ratings)
BAMS, M.D. Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Pune  •  15 years experience
Can Amla Helps Prevent Hair Fall?

Men and women alike dread the thought of hairfall. For most of us, this is an age related problem, but for others it could also be a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle. Thankfully, there are many home remedies that are effective ways to treat hair fall.

  1. Onion juice: The sulphur present in onion can help reduce hairfall and speed up the hair growth process by increasing the production of collagen in the body. Chop or grate an onion and squeeze out the juice. Apply this to your scalp and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off with a mild shampoo. Ideally, this should be repeated twice a week.
  2. Garlic: Garlic is also a rich source of sulphur, but it cannot be used in its pure form. Boil a little coconut oil with a few crushed cloves of garlic. Massage the cooled mixture into your scalp and leave for about half an hour before washing it off. You could combine this with onion juice as well.
  3. Coconut: Coconut oil is very good for the hair as it can promote hair growth as well as reduce breakage and prevent hair fall. If you are using bottled coconut oil, warm it before massaging into the scalp. Alternatively, grate a coconut and mix with a little water before squeezing out the milk from it. Apply this on the scalp and leave overnight.
  4. Amla: Amla or the Indian gooseberry is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. This helps keep the scalp healthy and promotes hair growth. To benefit from it, apply a mixture of lemon juice and amla juice or amla powder on the scalp. Once dry, rinse the mixture off with luke warm water. If used in the initial stages of hair fall, amla can help reverse the process.
  5. Fenugreek: Fenugreek contains hormone antecedents that help stimulate hair growth and help strengthen hair follicles. Soak a cup of dried fenugreek seeds in water overnight and grind into a paste. Apply this paste to your scalp and leave for about half an hour before rinsing off. Using this hair mask every morning for a month should have noticeable results.
  6. Aloe Vera: The enzymes in aloe vera promote healthy hair and help stabilise the scalp’s pH levels thereby promoting hair growth. It can also help reduce itchiness and dandruff. To benefit from it, you could consume a tablespoon of aloe vera juice or apply aloe vera juice directly onto the scalp as a hair mask.

All the above information is according to the modern research work, while ayurved science deals with the skin holding the hair follicles. There are few measures like Nasal instillation (Nasya), Head Massage (Abhyang), some nutrients containing medicines like Narsimh Rasayana, Amalaki Rasayana, etc. are helpul to keep hair healthy and for regeneration. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Can You Get Addicted To Sugar?

Dr. Ankita Gupta 86% (21 ratings)
Masters In Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (MCND)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Secunderabad  •  20 years experience
Can You Get Addicted To Sugar?

Simple sugar is also known as monosaccharide, is the basic unit of carbohydrates. The simplest forms of sugar are usually colourless and crystalline and exist in forms of glucose, fructose and galactose. Simple sugar is deemed to be a major concern according to all health nutritionists.

Here are five reasons why you should avoid them:

  1. Sugar is the biggest cause of obesity: Sugar present in all kinds of junk food is considered to be the biggest cause of obesity as fructose easily converts into fat inside your body. Consuming too much sugar can put too much pressure on your liver as it is responsible for converting fructose into fat. Large amounts of sugar are directly converted into fat, thus, putting you at a very high risk of becoming obese.
  2. Increases risks of contracting heart diseases: Consuming too much sugar throughout the day causes a hike in your insulin levels which can further affect your nervous system. An excess of sugar in your blood stream also causes your blood pressure to rise which makes you more likely to get a heart stroke. Thus, to avoid cardiac problems at a young age, you must cut down your sugar intake.
  3. Weakens immune system: Sugar is a major reason for inflammation which affects the central immune system adversely. With an excess intake of sugar, the body becomes less effective in dealing with infection and common cold because phagocytes (white blood cells) cannot do their job properly of engulfing dangerous bacteria. Thus, you should aim at boosting your immune system by cutting down on sugar completely.
  4. Sugar can make you age faster: The sugar content in your body creates molecules known as AGEs (Advanced glycation end products) which attack the fibres in elastin and collagen (the building blocks of the cells on your skin). A study also proved that consuming too much sugar can result in acne as the collagen in your skin weakens. Thus, to maintain youthful looking skin for longer, you should remove sugar from your diet completely.
  5. Sugar can be addictive: Most people who consume too much sugar get addicted to it. According to a study, the addiction to sugar is very similar to addiction to tobacco and drugs. You might start craving sugar and depending on it to change your mood more often than required.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Why Do We Fail To Stick To Diet?

Dr. Ridhi Khanna 87% (25 ratings)
MSc - Food and Nutrition, BSc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Amritsar  •  8 years experience
Why Do We Fail To Stick To Diet?

A diet is something which takes a lot of effort and also a person’s will to become a better form of him or herself. After all the thought, persistence and work that goes into the process of planning the diet and the mental fortitude of going for it; can you imagine the disappointment which is inevitable when it fails? If nothing else, there are reasons why this is so!

  1. It takes time: When it comes to dieting, it is quite unfortunate to see people think of the process as a quick fix in order to meet a body target. It is often the case that these people slip back into their old dietary ways as soon as they can. Going back to eating things which are unhealthy is really bad after going on a diet as the weight of the person then starts to change. A change in mentality is required here as the person who goes on a diet should keep in mind the fact that a diet is something which is a change in lifestyle for the better and not a proverbial shot in the arm.
  2. Be realistic: Another reason why diets fail is on account of expectations of results which do not seem to be reasonable, by any measure. This happens to be the case in a surprisingly large number of instances. Results when it comes to health and fitness take a pretty long time to show; time which is spent consistently following the correct schedule.
  3. Don’t lose focus: While most diets are well intentioned, one of the issues when it comes to them is the fact that there is so much preparation behind it that when a person deviates even in a minor manner away from the plan, fatalistic thinking comes in and takes hold. In the end, the net result of all of this is the sad consequence that the diet is let go off. This occurs by the way of the person thinking that since he or she did cheat on the diet once, all is lost. It is to be kept in mind by a person who is in this sort of scenario that the fact that he or she did not follow the diet plan which had been set out but in its stead, completely contradicted it by the way of what was eaten, does not mean that he or she should give up!

Diets require persistence but they provide their benefits which are more than proportional! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Know Why Do You Feel Anxious All The Time!

Masters In Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow  •  5 years experience
Know Why Do You Feel Anxious All The Time!
It is impossible for a person to come out of anxiety disorder. True or False? Take this quiz to know now!
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Hi, I got my Hba1c 6.3 and Average Glucose 134, Am I going to early diabetic? Also I got Urinary Microalbumin 84.2, is that related to any kidney disease? Please consult.

MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Nephrology
Nephrologist, Delhi  •  9 years experience
Hi, I got my Hba1c 6.3 and Average Glucose 134, Am I going to early diabetic? Also I got Urinary Microalbumin 84.2, i...
Microalbuminuria is an early sign of kidney involvement...certain medications and dietary modifications can help prevent further progression of the disease. You have to make sure that your bp and sugar is under control
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My aunt is of age 25 and she is suffering from the vaginal infection ,and itching in vagina internally. doctor told that ,she may be suffering from bacterial infection or may be the possibility of kidney stone. Whole day she suffers from the internal itching in vagina.

Ms - Gynae & Obs, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Jaipur  •  35 years experience
White discharge is due to candida infection in vagina ,in this age this can be due to diabetes so first check her blood sugar level, if normal then start anti fungal treatment after gynaecologist consultation.
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I depressed myself when I'm thinking about the future and my career who can I help me.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore  •  47 years experience
I depressed myself when I'm thinking about the future and my career who can I help me.
If your future is looking uncertain, go visit a career counselor and do some testing including an Aptitude Test and determine the course your life should take. At your age this is a very important assessment to do.
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Sir I am 19 year old my face is very oily so. please suggest me a best oil free Moisturizers.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai  •  19 years experience
Sir I am 19 year old my face is very oily so. please suggest me a best oil free Moisturizers.
Undergo PRP therapy. Few creams also available. Send photos of the affected area for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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Enhance Your Natural Beauty With Botox And Fillers!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Fellowship In Pediatric Dermatology, Fellowship In Dermatological Laser Surgery
Dermatologist, Noida  •  17 years experience
Enhance Your Natural Beauty With Botox And Fillers!

With age, the skin begins to deteriorate and gradually lose its function and appearance.  The underlying layers of collagen, which give it the firmness and elasticity begin to gradually break down, leading to sagging of the skin, dark spots and pigments, and dull, lusterless skin.  

This causes cosmetic and psychological concerns, given that most people (especially women) become extremely conscious about these and want to avoid these ageing effects of skin. Over the past few decades, skin fillers and Botox have begun to play a major role in skin rejuvenation, especially from the various ageing effects.  

Let us look at these two methods and how they have worked their magic around skin care.

Botox: The neurotoxin from botulinum A was actually used for treating muscular disorders to cause paralysis and prevent repeated twitching. However, it was later realised that the same effect could be used in skin to reduce ageing effects.  Used commonly in the crow’s feet area, forehead and frown lines, the injected Botox causes paralysis of the underlying muscles.  

This reduces the muscular activity and so the muscles relax and soften.  This produces a younger looking appearance.  In addition, these paralysed muscles also give some time for the elastin and collagen to recover.

The Botox injections are usually done in the outpatient setting and require about half an hour to an hour. The areas for injection are marked and after the procedure, the patient can go back to regular schedule, including working.  It might require repeat injections, about 4 to 6 months later, depending on how well the skin responds and the expectations of the patients.

Fillers: Another routinely and commonly used way to manage wrinkles are the dermal fillers. The elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin are lost with age and these filler injections replace the lost substances in very quick time and thereby restore youthful skin quickly.  Unlike Botox, the muscles are not touched.  There is a loosening of the collagen and elastin, which produces loose skin and sagging.  The fillers occupy the space left behind by the lost collagen and elastin and actually ‘fill’ up the extra available space. This gives a firmer, younger looking skin.  The lines and creases are actually eliminated. They can also be used to produce thicker lips, lifting cheeks and plumping temples.

So, if you are worried about ageing effects of skin, talk to your dermatologist to find out if Botox or fillers can do the trick for you!! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hello sir mujhe last 4 month se body temp 99.4 ho jata hai aisa kyu hota hai sir isse jyda nahi jata.

Diploma In Gastroenterology, Diploma In Dermatology, BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad  •  10 years experience
Hello sir mujhe last 4 month se body temp 99.4 ho jata hai aisa kyu hota hai sir isse jyda nahi jata.
It may be associated with weather changes,underlying health issues,anxiety or stress or due to weakness.. need a proper examination and case taking for better suggestion..
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Hi I want to know abt excess hair loss problem my scalp is oily but my hairs is extremely rough.

BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai  •  8 years experience
Hi I want to know abt excess hair loss problem my scalp is oily but my hairs is extremely rough.
Hello lybrate-user it may be due to previous medication half hour before wash apply little hot rai/cocunt oil massage on rough hair leave then wash comb with wooden comb take homeopathy remedies you can contact me.
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I am 25 years old. I have dark circles. I want cream for dark circles and for glowing skin. Please suggest best cream.

bhms. dm
Homeopath, Rohtak  •  2 years experience
I am 25 years old. I have dark circles. I want cream for dark circles and for glowing skin. Please suggest best cream.
बाहर की दवाइयों से या आप कह सकते हैं किसी भी क्रीम से या लोशन से आपके आंखों के नीचे के काले घेरे नहीं जा सकते यह शरीर के अंदर से ही जन्म लिए हुए हैं तो शरीर के अंदर ही कोई दवाई अगर जाएगी तो भी यह ठीक होंगे उसके लिए हमें कम से कम 1 या 2 घंटे जांच पड़ताल करनी पड़ती है बातों के द्वारा
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My face colour and body colour didn't match, lots of black patches are on the face I want to remove for my face. Used lots of night cream but didn't affect. So please suggest which cream Will be suitable for me ,as my face skin is oily.

Dermatologist,
My face colour and body colour didn't match, lots of black patches are on the face I want to remove for my face. Used...
First, You have to protect your face from UVA as hyperpigmentation happens due to Sun exposure. Use Sunscreens with spf appropriate to your skin type. 2nd, retinoic acid cream in microspherical form daily at night for 3-4 months on hyperpigmentation. But do not forget to exclude lichen planus pigmentosus.
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Acne - How Homeopathy Can Help?

BHMS
Homeopath, Nadiad  •  9 years experience
Acne - How Homeopathy Can Help?

Acne, also known as pimples, is a skin disorder caused due to inflammation in the skin's hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Acne may also cause permanent scars on your skin. It usually occurs in teenagers going through puberty due to the production of high levels of ​hormone that clog pores. Many women also get premenstrual acne which, as the name suggests, are caused after ovulation due to excessive release of progesterone. Most pimples are found on the face, shoulders, back, chest and neck. Apart from hormones, pimples are also caused due to genes, amassing of dead skin cells, bacteriabirth control pills, certain medications, greasy medication and so on. Although acnes do not pose a serious risk to your health, it may cause scars and look displeasing. There are many different types of acne such as acne vulgaris, baby acne, acne rosacea, acne cosmetic, chloracne, acne medicamentosa, etc. 

Homeopathy and Acne:
Since the causes of acne in people vary from person to person, homeopathy treatment for acne is one of the best options as the remedy for acne is individualized to the person. Homeopathy has a great success rate when it comes to removing pimples and eliminating the chances of reoccurrence. Homeopaths prescribe the treatments depending on the symptoms. Mentioned below are a few homeopathic treatments for acne. 

  1. Sulphur: Sulphur is the most common homeopathic treatment for acne, especially if the skin condition is chronic. Apart from clearing your acne and giving you a glowing skin, sulphur also helps to remove your tendency to develop acne. It clears acne within a few months. Sulphur is usually the first choice because it treats almost all types of acne. 
  2. Hepar Sulph: Pustular acne is the type of acne which is painful to touch and contains pus. They bleed easily and are very sensitive; usually forming a cluster on the forehead with discharges.
  3. Calcarea Sulph: Calcarea Sulph is used to treat severe cystic acne. This acne persists for weeks and heals at a very slow pace, following which, a creamy and yellowish pus is drained. These types of pimples are mainly found on the face, near the hairline as well as ears. Calcarea sulph is a very effective treatment.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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