Can Ramdev Yoga Promote Hair Growth?

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Ramdev yoga is a yoga practice developed by swami Baba Ramdev, a spiritual leader in India. He popularized yoga through yoga camps and television shows. The yoga practice involves some of the most challenging asanas, or poses, as well as breathing and meditation techniques. Ramdev claims that yoga, and the sister Indian medical science of ayurveda, can cure many health problems and alleviate the discomfort of those suffering from AIDS and cancer. Hair growth, however, is not something that can be accelerated with this -- or any -- yoga practice.

How Growth Happens

Your hair growth rate is largely determined by genetics, but your health and nutritional status also play a role. Yoga and exercise, unless it leads to nutritional deficiencies or extreme weight loss, is not going to affect hair growth. UCLA dermatologist Harold Lancer told "Marie Claire" magazine that over-the-counter antioxidant blends and vitamin B supplements may help improve your hair's health. You probably won't notice a marked increase in growth after taking these supplements, though. Giving yourself a scalp massage as you shampoo may also increase circulation to the follicles, which could also contribute to better hair health. Again, it's unlikely that this massage will give you a noticeable change in your hair's growth rate.