Bhringaraj, known in the west as Eclipta alba or False daisy, is a trop¬≠i¬≠cal plant heav¬≠ily used in both Indian Ayurvedic med¬≠i¬≠cine and tra¬≠di¬≠tional Chi¬≠nese med¬≠i¬≠cine. Its use in treat¬≠ing hair loss con¬≠di¬≠tions has aroused West¬≠ern inter¬≠est in recent years and some promis¬≠ing clin¬≠i¬≠cal tri¬≠als have revealed it to be a seri¬≠ous option for those look¬≠ing to treat hair¬†loss.
Eclipta alba ‚Äď what is¬†it?
A small herb endemic to Asia and South¬≠west¬≠ern Amer¬≠ica. It is a trop¬≠i¬≠cal plant that grows in areas of high mois¬≠ture, grows to a height of 3 inches and has lance-shaped leaves.
In India Bhringaraj oil (Eclipta alba) has tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠ally be used to treat hair loss, but it is also used for its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial action, as well as a liver and blood cleanser. It‚Äôs attrib¬≠uted many health prop¬≠er¬≠ties, includ¬≠ing the abil¬≠ity to pre¬≠vent cer¬≠tain types of can¬≠cer and cir¬≠rho¬≠sis of the¬†liver.
The oil derived from the plant is said to have var¬≠i¬≠ous anti-aging prop¬≠er¬≠ties inside and out. Apart from treat¬≠ing the vis¬≠i¬≠ble effects of aging, it‚Äôs also said to increase energy lev¬≠els and treat fatigure.
Eclipta alba for hair¬†loss
Used top¬≠i¬≠cally, eclipta alba has been shown to increase the rate of hair growth in rodents faster and bet¬≠ter than a 2% con¬≠cen¬≠tra¬≠tion of minox¬≠i¬≠dil. Sig¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cant
results were mea¬≠sured in two sep¬≠a¬≠rate clin¬≠i¬≠cal tri¬≠als. The best results were achieved using a petro¬≠leum ether extract of the plant but a methanol extrac¬≠tion method was also effec¬≠tive. These tests do seem to sup¬≠port the tra¬≠di¬≠tional use of Eclipta alba / Bhringaraj as a hair loss tonic. The results were impres¬≠sive ‚Äď the methanol extracted Eclipta alba increased the hair count from 19 to 66, while the minox¬≠i¬≠dil 2% con¬≠cen¬≠tra¬≠tion increased it from 43 to 73. The extract seemed to affect hair fol¬≠li¬≠cles that were in the tel¬≠o¬≠gen (dor¬≠mant) phase and stim¬≠u¬≠late them to reen¬≠ter the ana¬≠gen phase ‚Äď pro¬≠duc¬≠ing new¬†hairs.
Fur¬≠ther tests need to be con¬≠ducted to deter¬≠mine why some meth¬≠ods of extrac¬≠tions work bet¬≠ter than oth¬≠ers, but for now, Eclipta alba is a per¬≠fectly safe hair loss treat¬≠ment you can use at¬†home.
To use Bhringaraj top¬≠i¬≠cally at¬†home:
Mix Bhringaraj pow¬≠der with oil (coconut or sesame oil are best), gen¬≠tly warm it with¬≠out boil¬≠ing to release the herb‚Äôs prop¬≠er¬≠ties into the oil, cool down and bot¬≠tle. Apply top¬≠i¬≠cally to the scalp while gen¬≠tly mas¬≠sag¬≠ing it¬†in.
You can also mix the dried pow¬≠der with some ground up green gram (mung bean), mix with water or milk and apply to the hair. Leave it on for 10 min¬≠utes before wash¬≠ing off. Repeat once every three¬†days.