A naturally occurring product, Thuja Orientalis hot water extract has been clinically proven in studies to hair count when applied topically to the scalp.
But the question remains, will it actually help with hair growth for people like you and me?
In this article I’m going to summarise the findings from this study to show just how effective this all-natural product is and why it helps.
At the end of the article I’ll show you how you can make your own shampoo that includes Thuja so that you can stop any further hair loss as quickly as possible.
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The Thuja Orientalis plant can be grown and cultivated easily at home, and with limited potential for side effects this product can be used for many issues including hair loss.
What is Thuja Orientalis?
As a naturally growing, evergreen plant, Thuja Orientalis has been used to address numerous issues in traditional and complementary medicine.
The seeds and the leaves of the plant can produce essential oils. In areas of East Asia, extracts of Thuja Orientalis have been used for centuries as a treatment for hair loss.
The leaves of the Thuja Orientalis plant contain the chemical compounds rhodoxanthin, amentofl avone, hinokifalvone, quercetin, myricetin, carotene, xanthophylls, and ascorbic acid.
The roots of the plant have been distilled to produce a most potent treatment for the conditions of premature hair loss.
Thuja Orientalis Tested Results to Address Hair Loss
There are numerous potential uses for the extracts and essential oils of the Thuja Orientalis plant, many of which may help support the health of the scalp along with potential for promoting hair growth. Following is a brief summary of the studies performed on Thuja Orientalis and its reputed benefits to hair growth.
The ‘Hot Water’ T. Orientalis Topical Test
One of the most significant studies on Thuja Orientalis was carried out on lab mice. The test mice were shaved and then separated into three groups.
The first group would be given a daily topical ‘hot water’ solution of T. Orientalis extracts, the second was administered a daily topical ‘1% minodoxil’ solution and the rest of the mice formed the control group.
After 14 days the hair growth of each group of test mice was carefully measured, averaged and analyzed with impressive results. The mice being given the T. Orientalis treatment had produced significantly more hair growth than either the group being given a 1% minodoxil solution or the control group.
After 17 days, the T. Orientalis group had regained their full coat of hair, while the control group had only about 50% regrowth (See Fig. 1)
Further analyses of the results of this test showed that T. Orientalis improved hair growth in test subjects by inducing the anagen growth phase from the telogen phase.
The anagen phase is the stage where hair follicle is actually growing hair, while the telogen represents the period of follicle rest. Many hair follicles can be in perfect working conditions; the T. Orientalis treatment has been found to rouse resting follicles, recommissioning active hair production.
Furthermore, researchers documenting the study were quick to notice an increase in hair follicle size and numbers per square inch in the T. Orientalis group. Immunohistochemical analyses also detected earlier induction of the essential heir raising proteins, Shh and β-catenin in hair follicles stimulated by regular T. Orientalis treatment.
The final conclusions reported by these researchers clearly indicate that T. Orientalis can effectively promote hair growth by stimulating resting follicles into their hair production stage or anagen stage. This means that T. Orientalis can be considered an all-natural agent to promote hair growth.
According Advances in Life Sciences, Thuja Orientalis preparations can also be used as anti inflammatory agents and has anti microbial characteristics as well. Irritated and inflamed scalps are a common cause of hair loss and thinning hair, as well as bacterial infections.
The potential for topical solutions utilizing Thuja Orientalis to promote and maintain a healthy scalp make this product reasonable for on going scalp care.
The Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences published findings on the mechanism of action and chemical make up of Thuja Orientalis, supporting the literature that suggests there are numerous positive effects of this plant.
Particularly, the anti microbial and anti inflammatory characteristics which are well documented in the scientific literature. Extracts have been used to successfully treat eczema, fungal infections of the skin, as well as warts.
As the hair follicle derives nutrients from the skin and underlying capillaries, it is important to ensure the health of the scalp.
As long as there are no specific allergies to this species of plant, there is limited downside to the regular application of a topical solution that utilizes Thuja Orientalis.
For individuals who experience hair loss due to skin conditions affecting the scalp, this treatment may provide significant benefit and improvement in the ability for hair to grow.
Potential Side Effects of Thuja Orientalis
Thuja Orientalis can pose the potential for various side effects, and certain parts of the plant can be toxic if swallowed. Some individuals may experience allergic reactions when using Thuja topically or ingesting it, and some allergic reactions may be severe.
The potential for Thuja Orientalis to cause shortness of breath and difficulty breathing could exacerbate the symptoms of asthma.
Symptoms of Thuja Orientalis side effects;
- Queasiness / nausea
- Painful diarrhea
- Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
- Low blood pressure
Due to a lack of complete understanding of the uses of Thuja Orientalis, products derived from this plant should not be used by women who are pregnant or are expecting to become pregnant.
Individuals who have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should not use Thuja Orientalis, due to the potential for causing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Anyone considering the use of Thuja Orientalis should consult with a medical professional to ensure the safe use of the product.
Practical Use Thuja Orientalis For Hair Growth
The hot water extract proved useful for increasing hair count, even when compared to minoxidil (and the control.) So, probably the best way to use thuja is in a homemade shampoo.
- Liquid castile soap
- Thuja Orientalis hot water extract
- Rosemary essential oil
- Castor oil
Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a plastic bottle of your choice. Lather the mixture on to wet hair and massage into the scalp for 2-3 minutes before rinsing out.
Thuja Orientalis can be cultivated in a variety of climates, is a hearty plant that is easy to manage, and can be easily utilized as a complementary or alternative treatment for a variety of issues including hair loss, thinning hair, and receding hairlines.
The numerous positive benefits of Thuja Orientalis offer promise for promoting overall scalp health, addressing many of the underlying causes of hair loss and thinning hair, and may even have the potential to promote hair growth.
*This article was reviewed by Dr. Anil Simhadri