Background: Cuscuta reflexa
) is a parasitic climber of medicinal importance. The present study was aimed to evaluate the nutraceutical
potential of C. reflexa
stems collected from different hosts and to evaluate the role of the herbal formulation in dandruff, hair fall control as well as
hair growth promoter.
Materials and Methods:
Hair formulations of C. reflexa
collected from different host plants were prepared in the form of herbal oils (10% w/v). C. reflexa
stems were extracted using mustard oil as base oil by using direct boiling technique. Prepared oil was studied as hair tonic. The experimental
protocols used were anti-dandruff hair growth activity, as well as hair fall reduction. Herbal hair oils versus mustard oil were evaluated by applying
oils on human volunteers with hair fall and dandruff problem whereas promotion of hair growth activity was conducted on rats. The formulated oils
were also characterised for proximate analysis, physiochemical composition, as well as antimicrobial activity.
The test oils of C. reflexa
collected from Azadiracta indica
and Zizyphus jujuba
were effective in the promotion of hair growth, dandruff
control, as well as reduction in hair fall activity.
All the formulated oils showed potent antimicrobial activity against all selected strains of bacteria and fungi.