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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 11, No. 1, 2014, pp. 78-86
Bioline Code: tc14011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2014, pp. 78-86

 en EXPLORATION OF NUTRACEUTICAL POTENTIAL OF HERBAL OIL FORMULATED FROM PARASITIC PLANT
Anjum, Fozia; Bukhari, Shazia Anwer; Shahid, Muhammad; Hussain Bokhari, Tanveer & Munsif Ali Talpur, Mir

Abstract

Background: Cuscuta reflexa check for this species in other resources (C. 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.
Result: The test oils of C. reflexa collected from Azadiracta indica check for this species in other resources and Zizyphus jujuba check for this species in other resources were effective in the promotion of hair growth, dandruff control, as well as reduction in hair fall activity.
Conclusion: All the formulated oils showed potent antimicrobial activity against all selected strains of bacteria and fungi.

Keywords
Cuscuta reflexa; host plants; Hair fall; Dandruff; Combing assay; Herbal hair oil; Hair growth activity

 
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