The study in question, conducted for Dr JRK's Siddha Research and Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, investigates the claims made by the ancient Indian medical practice, the Siddha system of medicine, for the unique hair growth promoting properties of several medicinal plants. The effect of a study gel containing extracts from these plants was examined and compared in its effectiveness with a 2% Minodixil formulation in an experimental animal model
The importance placed on scalp hair as a key component of beauty has resulted in the regulation and promotion of hair growth being a matter of huge importance to younger and middle-aged populations worldwide. Of the variety of problems associated with hair loss, maletype baldness, alopecia and telogen effluvium are just three of the most distressing examples. The regulation of hair growth depends on a host of complex factors of both intrinsic and extrinsic origin and, despite its potential impact on individuals, it is currently managed using methods that remain unsatisfactory. A recent study has harnessed traditional knowledge and pitted it against clinically
accepted hair technology.
The results of this study allow several interesting conclusions to be drawn. Most obviously, they reveal that the study formulation gel has a positive effect on hair growth that is comparable with a 2% Minoxidil application. Although in comparison the herbal formulation appears to have a limited effect, it may actually exhibit a similar activity that is overlooked in the murine model, providing as it does only qualitative indications of efficacy. Furthermore, a difference was recorded between the quality of the hair grown in the two groups; the texture of the hair grown after treatment with the study formulation was soft, silky and shiny in comparison with that in the Minoxidil treated group which, though rapidly grown, was thin and highly irregular. In addition to this difference in quality, the side-effects associated with the continued use of Minoxidil must be considered; should rapidity of growth come at the price of potential allergic reactions and drug dependency?
The recorded effects are attributed by the scientists involved to hair root enhancement brought about by the study formulation, a theory supported by the aforementioned previous study. The fact that the plant extracts contained in the poly herbal gel have a long history of use in various healthcare practices means it can be assumed that they may be used safely and effectively in managing hair fall problems. Although it remains for further studies to be undertaken, these results may mean that future responses to hair loss may be effective, economically viable and avoid the pitfalls of drug reliance.
J.R. Krishnamoorthy, Dr JRK’s Siddha,
Research and Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
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