There’s a few studies that show that Eclipta Alba Extract can promote hair growth activity. When compared with 2 percent Minoxidil it was the better option it showed. So could this be an alternative to Minoxidil to promote beard growth? Possibly.
Many people are rather sensitive when it comes to applying minoxidil, whether they feel side effects or just don’t like it for whatever reason (smell, feel, etc). This may be a good choice for you if you are someone like that and is trying to increase facial hair growth.
There’s a few other alternatives or things to apply alongside of Minoxidil, two known ones are Peppermint Oil and L -Carnitine L-Tartrate. But here’s another, if you are wondering where you can purchase it; I will go over that too.
What Is Eclipta Alba?
Eclipta Alba or Eclipta prostrata, more commonly known as false daisy is a species of plant in the sunflower family. It’s found pretty much worldwide.
What Does Science Say?
Eclipta alba Hassk is a well-known Ayurvedic herb with purported claims of hair growth promotion(…)The time (in days) required for hair growth initiation as well as completion of hair growth cycle was recorded. Minoxidil 2% solution was applied topically and served as positive control for comparison. Hair growth initiation time was significantly reduced to half on treatment with the extracts, as compared to control animals. The time required for complete hair growth was also significantly reduced. Quantitative analysis of hair growth after treatment with petroleum ether extract (5%) exhibited greater number of hair follicles in anagenic phase (69 +/- 4) which were higher as compared to control (47 +/- 13). The result of treatment with 2 and 5% petroleum ether extracts were better than the positive control minoxidil 2% treatment.Hair growth promoting activity of Eclipta alba in male albino rats.
One study showed that the scalp caring composition may facilitate the subsistence of the human scalp cells through using the amino acid ingredient and Eclipta prostrata ingredient, thereby achieving the effects of preventing hair from losing and promoting the growth of hairs. That’s why it seems that when applying EP there’s a greater amount of follicles that are in the growth phase (anagen) compared to the control group, as shown above.
EP enhanced the induction of anagen in the dorsal skin of mice, characterized by the appearance of inner root sheath along with hair shaft, the emergence of hair shaft through the epidermis. EP increased the expression of FGF-7, while decreased the level of FGF-5 in C57/BL6 mice. EP also increased the expression of FGF-7, activated the mTOR signalling in HDPs.Eclipta prostrata promotes the induction of anagen, sustains the anagen phase through regulation of FGF-7 and FGF-5.
If you are looking for more studies that show Eclipta Alba promotes hair growth when applied topically check out the list below.