What is Bhringraj?

September 24, 2012 ecliptaalba Eclipta alba uses

In Ayurveda, a tra­di­tional form of Indian med­i­cine, Bhringraj is a pow­er­ful nat­ural herb with many uses. The plant it comes from has the sci­en­tific name Eclipta Pros­trata or Eclipta Alba and it is found through­out India, China, Thai­land and as far away as Brazil. Bhringraj has fea­tured amongt the ayurvedic herbs for hair for millennia.

The Effect of Ayurvedic Herbs For Hair

When it comes to deal­ing with pre­ma­ture grey­ing, hair loss and a gen­eral lack of health to your hair, a herbal hair oil is an excel­lent solu­tion. There are many claims about the effec­tive­ness or oth­er­wise of alter­na­tive med­i­cines but few have stood up to actual rig­or­ous sci­en­tific analysis.

Bhringaraj has passed the tests mod­ern sci­ence has thrown at it.

In 1955 the first widely-reported sci­en­tific stud­ies into the effects of bhringaraj as a herbal hair oil were con­ducted. Reports by Chopra et al. Showed Bhringraj (which is also widely known as Bhringaraj oilFalse Daisy) improves both the colour of hair, restor­ing lost colour in those who are going grey, and also works to speed up hair growth. Sim­i­lar tests con­ducted in 1975 by Kri­tikar and Basu reported the same.

A study in 2009 into the effec­tive­ness of ayurevedic herbs for hair loss treat­ment found that Bhringraj was more effec­tive than other treat­ments on the mar­ket. The study demon­strated the bhringaraj treat­ment prduced close to 160% regrowth in areas affected by hair loss through means such as trac­tion alope­cia, com­pared to the most pop­u­lar remedies.

How to use Bhringaraj Oil for Hair

Bhringaraj is taken in many forms for treat­ing dif­fer­ent ail­ments. In the case of hair loss or grey­ing, the plant extracts must be turned into an oil. This is then mas­saged into the hair and allowed to work its way into either the length of the hair strand, in the case of grey­ing hair, or into the scalp, to treat hair loss.

The mas­sag­ing process is not only to ensure an even dis­tri­b­u­tion of the herbal hair oil. It also helps to stim­u­late blood flow in the scalp, which is impor­tant for main­tain­ing a healthy flow of blood to the hair fol­li­cles. Scalp mas­sag­ing is a good way to improve hair health on its own, but when com­bined with ayurevedic herbs for hair restora­tion the effect is boosted.

This boost reduces the wait­ing time for hair regrowth to begin, mak­ing bhringaraj one of the most effec­tive treat­ments avail­able today. Bhringaraj extends the length of time hair fol­li­cles remain in the ana­genic (active grow­ing) phase of the growth cycle, too. In the 2009 study into the herb’s effec­tive­ness, far more fol­li­cles were found to be in the grow­ing phase when treated with bhringaraj than with minox­i­dil, the pop­u­lar alter­na­tive treatment.

How Long Should I Use Bhringaraj For?

Treat­ment times vary depend­ing on the extent of the con­di­tion you are try­ing to treat, and your own per­sonal cir­cum­stances. Some­one with a strong immune sys­tem but exten­sive hair loss, for exam­ple, will find they take longer to heal than a per­son with a com­par­a­tively weaker immune response but less over­all damage.

As a result, it is not pos­si­ble to state for cer­tain how long a per­son will have to use bhringaraj oil for hair before they achieve the best results pos­si­ble. Nat­ural heal­ing times for hair loss range from months to years but this herbal rem­edy sig­nif­i­cantly reduces that.

You can there­fore expect to see results within the first month or so, on aver­age. Every­thing after that is deter­mined by your own sit­u­a­tion. It is advis­able to keep up a rou­tine of using the herbal hair oil on a reg­u­lar basis for at least three months, after which you will be able to get an idea of the length of heal­ing time you can expect.

For restor­ing lost colour to your hair, the wait­ing time is of course far shorter. Bhringaraj oil has been used to revi­tal­ize grey hair for mil­len­nia and it got a rep­u­ta­tion as a pow­er­ful reju­ve­na­tion agent because it works quickly. Expect good results within days of reg­u­lar use.

Ayurvedic herbs for hair loss treat­ment and the restora­tion of colour are not just a fad like many alter­na­tive ther­a­pies. They are time-honoured treat­ments with thou­sands of years of use behind them. The restora­tive prop­er­ties of bhringaraj are backed by mod­ern sci­en­tific research so when you try these herbal hair oils, you know you are going to get the results you deserve. Bald patches and grey­ing hair will be a thing of the past.

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ecliptaalba Alina Healey is the Edi­tor of Ecliptaalba.com. Con­nect with her on,Google+

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