Forever Stranding: Hair Regrowth Superhero Herb - Yashtimadhu
It is very important for people to know about things they are putting in their bodies (except for pizza, you eat it, no questions asked!). So we are here to tell you about all the ingredients in our hair loss recovery powerhouses. Starting with our Hair Loss Hero - Prana Renew Nasal Drops.
But first, a lot of our customers have asked us - No one has ever heard of nasal drops in a “How to Stop Hair Fall” conversation. At Tatva we go above and beyond to get the best hair loss treatment and therefore our products are not the usual. Once you read through this blog, you’ll see why we have it in the box and what magic herbs go into it.
Now let’s get into this. (don’t worry we’ll keep it short)
Traya Ghrit Nasal Drops - what is it?
According to Ayurveda the best route to treat any ailment is one closest to the affected part of the body. Therefore nasal drops can work wonders instead of a tablet. This is Traya’s secret weapon to fight hair loss. It is made from Pure Cow’s Ghee and Yashtimadhu.
What is Yashtimadhu?
Yashti - what?
Yashtimadhu where ‘Yashti’ stands for wood and ‘madhu’ meaning honey, is also known as Licorice (not the candy, the herb). Its botanical name is Glycyrrhiza glabra. It is a herb like plant with sweet roots and various health benefits. It is known to be one of the most potent and widely used herbs in Ayurveda. People mostly know it only as a flavoring herb, it actually has numerous proven therapeutic benefits, especially for hair loss. Due to this, it has been used in ethnic medicine around the world from China to Egypt for centuries. The sweet sap of the Yashtimadu root is said to be almost 30 times sweeter than sugar and that has earned it the name ‘double sweet’ in Malayalam.
The ancient Greeks were known to drink tea made from the licorice root to keep the scalp hydrated, one of the many Yashtimadhu uses. For all its benefits the Yashtimadhu price appears to be the biggest advantage.
Where Does it Come From?
Yashtimadhu was first found in southern, central and Mediterranean Russia and Asia. Closer to home this herb is grown in the Himalayas. It has been very beneficial in treating digestive problems, cough, infection and sore throat among other things. The licorice roots are sourced straight from the Himalayan Mountains. It then goes to a facility where it is sun-dried and then powdered to make Yashtimadhu churna. This Yashtimadhu churna is combined with Pure Cow’s Ghee (don’t need to explain its benefits) which then goes into your box.
How to Use Yashtimadhu?
Yashtimadhu oil should ideally be used once a week. It is said that regular use enhances hair growth and prevents balding. The tea is also consumed to prevent premature graying of hair. Oral tablets, however, should be taken under medical supervision as it is not meant to be taken regularly. Expert advice on the consumption of Yashtimadhu in case of hypertension, diabetes, pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Mix 1 tablespoon of Yashtimadhu powder with honey and pushkarmool powder to treat allergic asthma. Mix a tablespoon of the powder with honey and sitopaladi churna to cure your sore throat.
Traya’s Shatavari Ghrit- Nasal drops
Tilt your head and pour the drop in your nostrils (based on the dosage in your prescription). There might be a funny taste in your throat after, but that’s alright cause - no pain no gain! If you want to get rid of it just gargle with lukewarm water.
This time tested herb is packed with health benefits, it is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, decongestant and expectorant among other things. It is difficult to come up with an exhaustive list of Yashtimadhu churna uses. It is good for your hair, skin and overall health. Following are some of the benefits:
- It is good for curing respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion and a sore throat among other things.
- It is used to treat gastrointestinal problems as it has the capacity to reduce the acid levels in the intestine. It is useful in treating ulcers, indigestion, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome etc. Warm tea prepared from it can also be used as a gargling agent to soothe those canker sores on the tongue and cheeks. Gargle 4 times a day and find the pain disappear.
- The tea prepared from the root extracts has laxative properties, and works wonderfully to clear constipation problems. The chalcone and flavonoid content are helpful in fighting the inflammation caused by the bacterial infections in your tummy. They produce a soothing effect from the swelling brought on by the mucus and keep the stomach free of gastric problems.
- It reduces the bile secretion of the liver and keeps it healthy. It also reduces the cholesterol level of the body. It is also an antioxidant and stops plaque from attaching itself to the walls of the arteries, thus enhancing the health of the capillaries.
- It I known to clear the liver of all toxins and ensures that your body is completely protected from hepatitis.
- Apart from maintaining the hormonal balance of the body, it can facilitate the increased secretion of the thyroid hormone to cure hypothyroidism. It also helps deal with the hormonal problems like mood swings and fatigue that are a result of menopause. 2 cups a day is enough to help keep those hormones balanced.
- It helps prevent prostrate enlargement by stopping the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
- It strengthens the immune system and builds its capacity to fight viral and bacterial infections. It has antifungal and antimicrobial properties and also helps fight off various allergic reactions.
- When applied topically to the skin, it can counter the effects of eczema.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties too. This helps it relax the pain brought about by inflammatory problems such as arthritis.
- This is one of the rare cures available for low blood pressure or hypotension. All you need is to take two cups of this tea and dizziness and fatigue will be history, as your blood pressure rises to those required levels.
- It also helps combat the vaginal yeast infections both with the help of an oral intake or by applying topically.
- 2 cups a day of the tea made from the root will reduce your weight significantly in just a matter of 3 months.
- It is also good for the kidneys as it has the capacity to remove stones from the kidney.
What are its Benefits for Hair Fall?
But now coming to hair fall. It is also packed with flavonoids and phytoestrogens that help improve scalp and hair health, and that is why experts suggest Yashtimadhu for hair issues.
Hair experts say an increase in Pitta and Vata doshas results in hair loss. Yashtimadhu has proven effective in balancing both these. It soothes scalp irritation, dandruff, and infections and its minty quality stimulates hair growth. In fact, recent studies prove that the hydro-alcoholic extract of Yashtimadhu showed excellent hair regrowth promoting activity. When compared to the standard drug, 2% concentration of licorice extract showed better hair growth stimulatory activity than 2% Minoxidil. And that it can be safely used in herbal formulations in the treatment of various types of Alopecia.
It also acts as a protective layer and shields from the harmful effects of the sun when mixed with coconut oil. It’s antibacterial qualities help protect the hair against scalp infections. Yashtimadhu tea is also very good for the hair and encourages regrowth. If Yashtimadhu tea is mixed with amla and henna, it cures dandruff and nourishes dull hair.
Also Read : What is minoxidil?
Side Effects of Yashtimadhu
There are the obvious benefits of consuming Yashtimadhu or applying it topically, but there are certain side effects that you should remember. Though we do not have the information on all the possible side effects it is considered safe if taken for a period not exceeding 4 weeks. Do not use it if:
- Low potassium levels in blood
- If you have a history of cancer of the ovary, breast or uterus
- If you have had uterine fibroids
The following should take Yashtimadhu only under medical supervision:
- has kidney problems.
- has heart issues.
- has high blood pressure or hypertension.
- has a nerve disorder or psychiatric problems.
- has erectile dysfunction problems.
- is using birth control pills or hormonal medicines.
Pregnant women should avoid it as it is believed to contain estrogenic properties. It could interrupt the menstrual cycle and hence is to be taken only under doctor’s advice. Do get in touch with your doctor if:
- you feel weak or experience difficulty in moving any part of your body.
- you have a severe headache, your nose is bleeding, you are experiencing a shortness of breath, there is anxiousness & your vision becomes blurry, there is pounding in your neck.
- you are feeling that your heart is beating rapidly, you are in a state of confusion, feeling excessively thirsty and urinating frequently, there is a lack of feeling in the muscles.
- you feel like you are hallucinating, thinking abnormally, losing consciousness, there is a lack of alertness.
Yashtimadhu has also been responsible for reduced libido in men. Apart from that it has also been responsible for:
- fluid and sodium retention
- muscular problems
- lethargy, tiredness and weakness
- myoglobinuria or the presence of myoglobin in the urine
- possible brain damage
- excess fluid in the lungs
Do not mix your grapefruit products with Yashtimadhu as they might have some undesirable effects. Do not chew tobacco flavored Yashtimadhu as it could raise your blood pressure radically. Take care not to take Yashtimadhu with other medication/supplements that can have laxative effects.
This is a superhero herb known for its ability to alleviate stress and promotes sleep. And we know that between deadlines, Netflix and functioning as an adult you need both of those things. Find out more about the health benefits of being on the Traya Hair Loss Treatment.
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Dr. Shailendra Chaubey, BAMS
A modern-day Vaidya with 11 years of experience. He is the founder of Dr. Shailendra Healing School that helps patients recover from chronic conditions through the Ayurvedic way of life.