The Evaluation of the effects of selected herbal formulation in the management of palitya(gray hair)
Gunarathna BWAS1, Dr. Wickramarachchi WJ2
Hair has cosmatological and sociological importance throughout the life in framing the beauty and personality of an individual. Hair graying is recognized as a sign of aging resulting from complex regulation of melanogenesis. Hair graying scientifically termed as canities. According to Ayurvedic view this condition is termed as palitya,prematurehairgraying termed as akala palitya. Inpresentcosmetic diseases are challenging in modern era as there is limitations to current treatments. But in Ayurvedic classics specific treatments had been described thousands of years ago. This study was to evaluate the effect of herbal formulation with reference to Sri Lankan Ayurveda pharmacopoeia in the management of palitya (gray hair). All patients were selected from O.P.D. of Gampaha Wickramarachchi teaching hospital and Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda institute according to inclusion criteria. The selected patients assigned in to two groups (Group A and B). Consisting of 15 patients for each group. The patients of group A treated with the prepared herbal formulation during the period of four weeks. Patients of group B treated with akaala palita oil during the period of four weeks. After four weeks the patients of Group A and Group B showed significant reduction of number of gray hairs with relevant to specific areas of each lobe of the skull. The efficacy of reduction in Group A was more significantly (P<0.05) greater than that of Group B. The improvement of the therapy assessed according to the number of gray hair with related to specific areas of the scalp using Graying Severity Score (GSS) and assessed the hair colour by using standard hair colour grading chart. Thus, it can be concluded that the selected herbal formulation with reference to SL Ayurveda pharmacopoeia could be recommended for the management of palitya / akala palitya (gray hair).