Hair loss is a terrible ailment that causes stress and lower self-esteem for millions each year. The symptoms, whether slow in onset or quick to appear, reduce self confidence and attempts to hide or disguise the condition rarely succeed. There are many remedies for hair loss on the market but out of all the herbal medicine options, only ayurvedic medicine is proven by medical science to be both a quick and effective remedy.
What is Ayurveda?
In India, the traditional medicine system for over 5000 years has been Ayurveda. This is a system of natural herbal medicines that form the oldest medical discipline in the world. Ayurveda is based on similar ideas to those of ancient Greece and Rome, which are the basis of modern Western medical thought.
The word Ayurvedic comes from two Sanskrit words and means “the science of life”. In the modern world, it combines natural remedies with Western medicine; as most practitioners of ayurveda in its native India are also medical doctors in their own right. As a result, this herbal medicine is often used to complement standard medical procedures.
That does not mean ayurveda cannot stand on its own, of course. Research over the last sixty years has proven time and time again that many ayurvedic practices, such as the use of bhringraj oil, are actually very powerful natural remedies. Bhringraj, for example, is a strong restorative with proven effectiveness in treating hair loss and greying hair.
Herbal Medicine Treats Hair Loss
The eclipta alba plant, known as bhringraj in India, is a remarkable plant. Its roots, stem and leaves are all used in herbal medicine for many different purposes because the chemicals they contain are powerful. The leaf extract is a strong black dye that has been used for thousands of years in both tattoos and to restore colour to greying hair.
When applied to the scalp, the leaf extract acts as a restorative. It increases the length of time that hair follicles are able to remain in the growing phase, meaning hair grows much quicker than would otherwise be possible. This is a boon to anyone suffering from hair loss because the other effect bhringraj oil has is to reawaken dormant hair follicles. As a result, hair loss is reversed and the damage is restored to a healthy state far quicker than with other remedies.
Western science has known about the effectiveness of herbal remedies for more than fifty years. Research conducted in 1955, 1977 and 2009 all concluded that Bhringraj oil was effective in promoting hair growth on bald patches of the scalp. In addition, the 2009 data showed that more hair follicles were in the growing phase when bhringraj was used compared to substances like minoxidil.
How to Use Bhringraj Oil
Bhringraj oil is prepared by boiling the leaf extract with a suitable oil base. Coconut and sesame seed oils are the most common bases used because they produce excellent results. Once the extract is mixed fully with the oil, allow the mixture to cool before use, to avoid scalds.
The best method for using a properly-prepared bhringraj oil is to massage it into the scalp. Massaging the scalp as you apply the oil ensures the active ingredients are spread evenly over the affected area. The massaging also helps to reawaken the hair follicles because massaging promotes increased blood flow. Improved blood flow to the areas affected by hair loss means more nutrients are able to reach the dormant follicles. This promotes growth and repair.
The results of using this amazing herbal medicine are visible very quickly. Hair colour begins to improve after the first use. In the case of hair loss, the results are not quite that quick, of course, because the damage to the hair follicles that caused the baldness must first be repaired. However, all the studies have demonstrated that repair is faster using bhringraj oil than when the scalp is left to repair itself naturally, so you can expect excellent results within a few months.
Ayurvedic medicine is a time-honoured tradition stretching back over 5000 years in India. The powers of the bhringraj plant are known to traditional herbal medicine in India, China, Taiwan and even as far away as Brazil; where the plant also grows naturally. Now modern medicine is taking notice of this powerful plant, more of the world is waking up to its potential uses.