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Home Medications and Cures for Dandruff

Dandruff is the loose dry scales of dead skin that are shed from the scalp, and can be a source of embarrassment. It is not contagious or serious in nature and easily treated with natural remedies.

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Symptoms of Dandruff

White oily flakes of dead skin cells that fall off when the hair is combed or brushed, or when the scalp is scratched.  The scales from the scalp fall like snowflakes and settle on the eye brows, shoulders, and clothes.  Often the scalp is itchy as well and the scalp may become red from scratching.

Causes of Dandruff

Common causes of Dandruff:

Increased sebum (oil) production
Dry skin
Hormonal imbalance
Reaction or side effect of certain medications
Neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease
Imbalanced diet
Shampooing excessively or infrequentl
Irregular brushing and combing of hair
Malassezia - A fungus that grow on the scalp and feed on the oils from the scalp.

Preventing Dandruff

Minimize your intake of caffeinated beverages.
Drink plenty of water
Increase your consumption of fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables.
Make sure you have enough nutrients in your diet, like zinc, beta-carotene, B6, B12, and selenium.
Maintain cleanliness in your scalp and hair. 
Use a mild shampoo and remember to thoroughly rinse the shampoo from the hair .
Brush your hair daily to remove surface flakes.

Treatment Of Dandruff

Fenugreek Seeds:
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The use of fenugreek seeds is one of the most important remedies in the treatment of dandruff. Two tablespoons of these seeds should be soaked overnight in water and ground into a fine paste in the morning. This paste should be applied all over the scalp and left for half an hour. The hair should then be washed thoroughly with soap-nut (ritha) solution or shikakai.

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The use of a teaspoon of fresh limejuice for the last rinse, while washing the hair, is another useful remedy. This not only leaves the hair glowing but also removes stickiness and prevents dandruff.

Green Gram Powder:
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A valuable prescription for removal of dandruff is the use of green gram powder. The hair should be washed twice a week with two tablespoon of this powder mixed with half a cup of curd.

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Beets have been found useful in dandruff. Both tops and roots should be boiled in water and this water should be massaged into the scalp with the fingertips every night. White beet is better for this purpose.

Snake Gourd:
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The juice of snake gourd has been found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of dandruff. The juice should be rubbed over the scalp for this purpose.

Dietary Considerations

Diet plays an important role in the treatment of dandruff.

Try these following dietary tips:

-Cut back on sugar and yeast. Foods that contain high levels of these ingredients can encourage fungus growth that causes dandruff. Unfortunately, that includes beer and wine!

-Pack your diet full of B-vitamin, Omega 3 fatty acids, and zinc rich foods like egg yolks, fish, whole grains, bananas, avocados, nuts, seeds, flaxseed, and spinach. These nutrients help maintain healthy hair and skin and zinc is actually found in many anti-dandruff shampoos.

Meats, sugar, white flour, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles refined and processed foods should all be avoided.

Other Dandruff natural treatments

The foremost consideration in the treatment of this disorder is to keep the hair and scalp clean so as to minimize the accumulation of dead cells. The hair should be brushed daily to improve the circulation and remove any flakiness. The most effective way to brush the hair is to bend forward from the waist with the head down towards the ground, and brush from the nape of the neck towards the top of the head. The scalp should also be thoroughly massaged everyday, using one's fingertips and working systematically over the head. This should be done just before or after brushing the hair. Like brushing, this stimulates the circulation, dislodges dirt and dandruff, and encourages hair growth. Exposure of the head to the rays of the sun is also a useful measure in the treatment of dandruff.

During the first five days of the treatment when the patient takes an all-fruit diet, a warm-water enema should be taken daily to cleanse the bowels. Simultaneously, an attempt should be made to keep the body in good health.

Dandruff can be removed by massaging the hair for half an a hour with curd which has been kept in the open for three days, or with a few drops of lime juice mixed with amla juice every night, before going to bed. Another measure, which helps to counteract dandruff, is to dilute cider vinegar with an equal quantity of water and dab this on to the hair with cotton wool in between shampooing. Cider vinegar added to the final rinsing water after shampooing also helps to disperse dandruff.

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