Hair loss is a stressful experience, especially when it is the patchy balding found in sufferers of traction alopecia. The scalp is often inflamed and sore, and this leads to increased stress for the sufferer. Unfortunately stress is a contributing factor in hair loss, so it can quickly become a vicious spiral as more and more hair is lost.
Fortunately modern studies have demonstrated that there are ways to halt and even reverse the effects of traction alopecia. By applying specially-formulated ointments to the affected areas, the scalp is encouraged to heal, and the lost hair to re-grow. Although there have been many hair loss remedies over the years, the most effective treatment has been found to come from traditional Indian Ayurevedic medicine.
What is Eclipta Alba?
Eclipta alba, also known as bhringraj, is a plant that has long been used in Indian medicine to treat hair loss. Its leaf extracts contain powerful chemicals that help to revive hair follicles that have been rendered dormant due to the effects of traction alopecia.
Eclipta alba is an important part of Ayurevedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India. While the extract can be used in several ways for different ailments, such as rubbing into the temples or ingesting, the correct method for treating hair loss is to create an ointment.
The eclipta alba is mixed with an ointment base to form a moisturising treatment of 2% eclipta. The ointment is then rubbed into the area to be treated; allowing the chemicals to quickly reach the area they are to treat. During the course of the 2009 study by Datta, Singh et al., the data collected showed that the eclipta treatment was 147% more effective than other hair loss treatments.
The Effects of Eclipta Alba
Studies published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in May 2009 showed that eclipta alba is a far more effective treatment for hair loss than a comparable solution of Minoxidil; another popular hair loss treatment. When applied to the affected area, the pattern baldness caused by traction alopecia was significantly reduced.
The eclipta chemicals work by encouraging the dormant hair follicles to move
out of the telogen phase of their growth cycle and into the anagen phase; the part of the cycle during which hair is grown. More new hair growth was detected when subjects were treated with eclipta alba than on those subjects that were left to heal the damage to their hair follicles naturally.
The result of this research demonstrates that Ayurevedic medicine incoporating eclipta alba moisturing treatment is an effective method of promoting hair regrowth. This is not a miracle cure, of course, so the best results still occur with frequent use but as a method of speeding up the recovery process, it is hard to beat.
Recovering From Traction Alopecia
Traction alopecia occurs because the scalp is over stressed and the hair follicles it contains become damaged. The damaged cells deform and stop producing new hair, becoming dormant for long periods while the damage to the follicles is repaired. This process can take months or years depending on the extent of the damage.
When hair follicles stop growing new hair, the hair that has grown already works its way out of the scalp. Three months after the hair follicle has entered the telogen phase, during which no hair is produced, the hair that had already grown will be shed. This is a natural part of the growth cycle and the reason we don’t all go bald for part of the time is because each hair follicle is in a different point on the growth cycle; so we never notice the lost hairs.
When many hairs enter the telogen phase and become dormant, the effects of hair loss become visible very quickly. Hair is shed but no new growth comes through to take its place. The result is patchy baldness, particularly on the crown and around the hairline.
Traditional medicine has been proved to assist in coaxing hair follicles out of the telogen phase and back into the anagen (growing) phase. When applied as a moisturising treatment on the bald areas of the scalp, the body is able to better heal itself, so hair re-grows faster. This makes eclipta alba a worthwhile treatment for hair loss in both men and women.
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