Ayurvedic medicine has been used in India for over 5000 years. It is one of the oldest forms of natural medicine in the world, with practices that have stood both the test of time and the rigours of modern scientific study. In the modern world, Ayurvedic treatments are in use all across the globe and millions rely on their remarkable healing powers every year.
The word “ayurvedic” comes from Sanskrit, where it means “the knowledge of life”. Although it and unani medicine have intermixed with classical Greek, Roman and Persian practices over the centuries to form complex medical systems in their own right, modern ayurvedic practitioners in India are often qualified medical doctors as well. This means when you try ayurveda for yourself you can be sure that the people advising you are trained in traditional medicine as well as this ancient and time-honoured complementary therapy.
What Does Ayurvedic Medicine Contain?
Ayurveda is concerned with natural remedies, rather than synthetic components made in a laboratory or pharmaceutical company. It uses natural herbs and minerals to heal a variety of ills and the methods have long withstood the test of time.
In the case of hair loss remedies, colour rejuvenation and even treatments for snakebites, the favoured herb to go to in ayurevedic medicine is eclipta alba. This plant goes by many names – bhringaraj, bhringraja, kehraj or karisalankanni. Eclipta alba has been used for centuries in India, China, Taiwan and even as far afield as Brazil because of its remarkable natural healing properties. What’s more, it works fast.
The Many Uses of Bhringaraj
One of the most highly regarded of the herbs found in both ayurevedic and unani herbal medicine is Bhringaraj. This plant goes by many names across the world but its scientific name is eclipta alba. It is known as Kheraj, or Karisalankanni in the Assam region of India; where it is commonly used to cure many ailments.
Eclipta alba has been studied for decades by western science and its properties are now well documented. The herb has been used for centuries to treat snakebites in both China and Brazil, where it grows in the wild. In india, eclipta alba is often used as a black dye in both hair colouring and tattoos.
The strong dying quality of Bhringaraj has made it a popular choice for people with grey hair who want to restore their lost colour. The dye from the eclipta alba plant can be formed into an oil and massaged into the greying hair. When allowed time to soak in, the oils quickly restore the lost colour to the hair. This restorative ability was first documented in a scientific research paper published in 1955, and again in further studies in the 1970s.
Restoring Hair Loss Using Bhringaraj
The eclipta alba plant’s restorative qualities do not end at bringing colour back into greying hair. Sufferers of hair loss have sought out Ayurvedic medicine for generations because of the healing power of Bhringaraj hair oil. This herbal oil, made from the eclipta alba plant, is a powerful healing agent for damage to the hair and scalp.
When formed into an oil and massaged into the scalp, the chemicals in eclipta alba work to bring the damaged hair follicles out of their dormant state. Research in the 1950s, the 1970s and even as recently as 2009 have all demonstrated that eclipta alba hair oil not only coaxes damaged follicles back to life but also extends the amount of time they stay in the active growing phase.
As a result, using Kehraj or Karisalankanni hair oil on a regular basis will speed up recovery from hair loss and restore your hair to its natural, healthy state. According to the research carried out in 2009, eclipta alba oil will restore 160% the amount of follicles to active growing compared to allowing the body to heal itself naturally. This is truly a remarkable achievement.
Ayurvedic medicine is a time-honoured, and scientifically proven, form of alternative medicine. Many of its practitioners in India, where the system comes from, are also qualified medical doctors in their own right and they use ayurvedic as a complimentary process to their medical work. For restoring colour to your hair, and encouraging new hair growth where hair has fallen out, there is no comparison with ayurvedic’s natural treatment.