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Queen of Herbs for Alopecia

June 07, 2019

Queen of Herbs for Alopecia

Known as “The Queen of Herbs” in the Ayurvedic medicinal practice, Tulsi holds the power to treat a vast array of health-related issues. Used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners for medicinal and spiritual uses, Tulsi also exhibits a tremendous ability to promote hair health and hair growth.¹

 

What is Tulsi?

Tulsi belongs to the aromatic shrub in the Basil family. While it is believed to be native to North-central India, it now grows throughout many eastern tropical climates. It is often referred to as Holy Basil.¹

Tulsi has been used to treat a variety of health conditions such as cold, anxiety, asthma, diarrhea, fever, dysentery, arthritis, eye diseases, otalgia, indigestion, hiccups, vomiting, back pain, skin diseases, ringworm, and malaria. It has also been used to treat gastric, cardiac, and genitourinary disorders, and to treat insect, snake, and scorpion bites. ¹

 

Pharmacological Properties of Tulsi

Tulsi has a long list of pharmacological properties that benefit health. It is a powerful antimicrobial with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiprotozoal, antimalarial, and anthelmintic properties. It is also an antioxidant, anticataract, anti-inflammatory, chemopreventative, radioprotective, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, cardioprotective, anti-diabetic, anti-hypercholesterolemia, anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic, anti-pyretic, anti-allergenic, anti-fertility, and more. It is also an analgesic.¹

Tulsi’s beneficial properties have been studied to helps the body heal from infection, disease, and toxicity. 

Tulsi Studies to Treat Alopecia

A number of scientific studies have been conducted on Tulsi’s various potential uses for hair-related disorders. In one study to determine Tulsi’s potential to aid in hair growth, Tulsi was compared to chickpeas and nutgrass in order to test its potential use to address alopecia.⁵

Alopecia, or baldness, affects all genders and races, with around 50% of men over the age of 40 suffering from the issue and a nearly equal number of women. While a large percentage of alopecia is caused by excessive androgens, some patients suffer from alopecia as a side effect of cancer treatment, immunosuppressant drugs, and scalp-related disorders.

Tulsi for Alopcia

Minoxidil is a scientifically created treatment for alopecia, but the side effects of the drug often outweigh the benefits of its use. Because of this, researchers have sought to find plant-based treatments that are just as or more effective without the negative side effects of synthetic chemical treatments. ⁵

In the study of how Tulsi can be a useful treatment for alopecia, the tests were conducted on shaved, albino rats. Groups were made to test the efficiency of each herb individually. The results of this study proved Nutgrass to be the most effective method of treatment for alopecia of the three herbs.  Still, the study also proved that Tulsi promoted hair growth, comparable to the control group which used Minoxidil. ⁵

 

Another study tested the effect of the essential oil in Tulsi’s leaf on chemotherapy induced hair loss.  In this study, Tulsi was applied to rats that had undergone cancer treatments and exhibited hair loss. The results showed that Tulsi was capable of enhancing normal hair growth and promoting follicular proliferation.⁴

Multi-Herbal Blend Studied As Superior for Hair Growth

 Hair Growth_Tusli

The research was also done on a polyherbal blend that consisted of Amla, Gotu Kola, Aloe Vera, and Tulsi. The herbs were tested individually and in a polyherbal blend against the control, Minoxidil. The study was conducted on shaved, albino rats. The results showed that the polyherbal blend had the best overall results, comparable to the synthetic drug. The study proved that Tulsi had the ability to promote hair growth, increase hair length, hair density, and total serum production.²

 Tulsi for Dandruff and Healthy Scalp

Tulsi for Dandruff

Tulsi was also tested as a potential treatment for dandruff as well. The Tulsi was fermented and put into a shampoo to test its ability to inhibit the growth of Malassezia furfur, an anthropologic fungus that belongs to the physiological skin flora. While some causes of dandruff are related to dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis, excessive fungus on the scalp produces yeast which causes large patches of yellow-colored flakes on the scalp.³

The study determined that the Tulsi shampoo was as effective as ketoconazole, the active ingredient in many dandruff shampoos. The researchers also cited a high level of satisfaction from participants in regards to hair smoothness, shine, ease of combing, frizz reduction and triboelectric reduction (“static electricity”) when combing. Upon conclusion, the scientists determined its high antifungal properties proved sufficient as an anti-dandruff treatment.³

 

Conclusion

Tulsi is considered in Ayurvedic practice to be one of the most powerful medicinal herbs. Its uses vary from psychological treatments to abetting the common cold. Studies have shown it contains a number of pharmacological properties, and several of these properties greatly benefit common hair-related disorders such as dandruff and alopecia. Science has proven that Tulsi is an effective treatment for those suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatments and alopecia, and while yet unstudied, researchers also noted its effect on other hair benefits such as smoothness and shine.

Because of this Ayur Luxe includes Tulsi herb as a part of its 9 raw herbal proprietary blends aimed at reducing shedding, breakage, and split ends. 

 

Sources:

¹Cohen, M. M. (2014). Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/

²Jain, R., Jain, N. K., Singh, N., Gnanachandran, A. K., & Gokulan, P. D. (n.d.). DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF POLYHERBAL OINTMENT FOR HAIR ... Retrieved from https://innovareacademics.in/journal/ijpps/Vol3Suppl2/1173.pdf

³Punyoyai, C., Sirilun, S., Chantawannakul, P., & Chiyana, W. (n.d.). Development of Antidandruff Shampoo from the Fermented ... Retrieved from https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/5/3/43/pdf

⁴Orafidiya, L. O., Agbani, E. O., Adelusola, K. A., Iwalewa, E. O., Adebanji, O. A., Adediran, E. F., & Agbani, N. T. (2005, May 25). A study on the effect of the leaf essential oil of Ocimum gratissimum Linn. on cyclophosphamide-induced hair loss. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962456204000402

⁵Rathi, V., Rathi, J. C., Patel, A., & Tamizharasi, S. (n.d.). E-ISSN: P-ISSN: Hair growth activity of Cicer arietinum ... Retrieved from http://www.phytojournal.com/archives/2017/vol6issue1/PartC/6-1-16-396.pdf

 

 




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