Hair loss is a terrible blow to anyone’s self-confidence so it is no wonder that millions are spent each year on tonics, potions and other treatments of dubious quality and effectiveness, all in the hope that a cure will be found. Most cures on the market work only is specific circumstances, if at all, but there is one that is backed by hard science.
Eclipta alba is a plant that grows in the tropical regions of the world and has been used in both traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for over 5000 years. Since the mid 1950s its remarkable healing powers have been tested by western science, and the results are fascinating.
The eclipta plant is a remarkable restorative agent, and its plant extract can be used to treat many different ailments, from gall bladder problems to liver cirrhosis and even hair loss. Eclipta alba has long been used in Chinese medicine as a potent antivenom against snakebites, and also in Brazil for the same reason.
How does Eclipta Alba Work?
The leaf extract of the eclipta alba plant contains a number of chemicals known for their incredible healing powers. The leaves contain strong antihepatotoxin chemicals such as wedelolactone and desmethylwedelolactone, as well as several ecliptines, stigmasterol and ursolic acid. As a result, the leaves of the eclipta alba plant are incredibly strong restorative agents that can be used to treat hair loss in a quick and simple manner.
The chemicals in the eclipta leaf extract help the hair follicles to remain in the growing phase for longer than they otherwise could. This means once the hair begins to grow back in, it will grow quicker and for longer. As a result, hair loss recovery time is drastically reduced.
Furthermore, the extract activates the body’s growth and repair mechanism, encouraging damaged hair follicles to repair themselves. Hair loss is caused by damage to the hair follicles, which deform over time and eventually cannot reactivate themselves once they have entered the rest phase of their growth cycle. Eclipta alba overcomes this problem by encouraging cell repair; which returns the follicles to their original state.
How to Use Eclipta Alba
Eclipta leaf extract should not be used on its own, instead it needs to be mixed with an oil base in order to ensure an even application to the affected parts of the scalp. Because sesame seed oil and coconut oil both do not react with the active chemicals in the leaf extract, they are excellent choices for the base. The leaf extract is boiled and mixed with the oil, then allowed to cool.
The resultant eclipta alba hair oil is then massaged into the scalp. There, the oil soaks into the skin and the active ingredients begin to do their work. Massaging is important because it achieves an even spread of the oil over the area where hair loss has occurred. It also increases blood flow to the scalp in the area being massaged, which improves absorption of the chemicals and so improves the effect of the hair oil.
What Recovery Time Can I Expect?
The exact time a person will take to recover from hair loss using eclipta alba oil varies depending on their own personal circumstances. Your body’s ability to heal damage is increased with a good diet rich in protein, and consequently a low-protein diet will make you take longer to heal. Similarly, everyone heals at a different rate, so even with a good diet nobody can predict exactly how long you will take to regrow your hair.
Research from the 1950, 1970s and 2009 all show that eclipta oil increases the rate at which people regrow lost hair, so you can expect excellent results using this herbal remedy. However, it will not be an overnight cure. On average, a case of hair loss resulting in small bald patches will usually heal within a few months of starting treatment, but the more extensive the damage, the longer the body will take to grow all the hair back.
Patience is essential when recovering from hair loss. Eclipta leaf extract speeds up the process and keeps more hair follicles growing for longer than any other remedy, but it is not a miracle cure. Eat well, get plenty of rest and continue to use the hair oil and you will see the results you are looking for.