This review presents an overview on plants identified to possess hair
growth activity in various ethno-botanical studies and surveys of tradition medicinal
plants. It also highlights the developments in hair rejuvenation strategies from 1926
till-date and reviews the potential of herbal drugs as safer and effective alternatives.
There are various causes for hair loss and the phenomenon is still not fully
understood. The treatments offered include both natural or synthetic products to
treat the condition of hair loss (alopecia), nonetheless natural products are continuously gaining
popularity mainly due to their fewer side effects and better formulation strategies for natural product
extracts. Plants have been widely used for hair growth promotion since ancient times as reported in
Ayurveda, Chinese and Unani systems of medicine. This review covers information about different
herbs and herbal formulation that are believed to be able to reduce the rate of hair loss and at the same
time stimulate new hair growth. A focus is placed on their mechanism of action and the review also
covers various isolated phytoconstituents possessing hair growth promoting effect.
Keywords: Alopecia, ayurveda, hair, herbal formulation.
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