Dr. Deodatta Bhadlikar
Abstract: Introduction Ayurveda is one of the oldest documented systems of healthcare which deals elaborately with measures for healthy living. Ayurveda thus is knowledge of life and encompasses both preventive and curative aspects towards restoration of healthy life. It describes the basic and applied aspect of life process, health, disease and its management in terms of its own principles and approaches In Ayurvedic texts, there are four types of Ayu. Among these, Sukhayu is most important.1 Sukhayu deals with life, which is without physical and mental disorders and which is having qualities like Bala (strength), Virya (vitality), Parakrama (courage) and Soundarya (beauty). According to the famous quotation, A thing of beauty is joy forever. So, the concept of beauty (Soundarya) is gaining more and more attention globally and hair play an important role in it, as it has been said that hair is a barometer of ones beauty. Healthy, beautiful, long and attractive hairs add charm to the personality. So, it has a great aesthetic value and it is the crowning glory of any person. Therefore to keep the healthy hair in healthy state is entirely the duty of human beings, because just like face hair is also a mirror of healthy state of the body. Hair loss is silent but devasting problem which may occur to a healthy person also. It has been regarded as geriatric physiological phenomena, generally after the midforties. Early hair fall has been attributed to be the result of varied factors like hormonal imbalance, faulty hair care, pollution etc. Alopecia is essentially a cosmetic disorder. Hair is a major factor of appearance and a part of physical attraction. Therefore Alopecia has been found to have significant deleterious effects like social anxiety, increased self-consciousness, low self-esteem, embarrassment and depression impairing psychological well-being thus affecting mental and social status of person. Alopecia areata (AA) is a common form of non-scarring alopecia.