qi and quickens the blood in the scalp. Chinese doctors have been writing
prescriptions for herbal hair care formulas for not less than 1,700 years.
Typically, these formulas contain acrid-flavored medicinals which move the qi
and quicken the blood. This is based on the idea that the qi moves the blood and
the hair is the surplus of the blood. Therefore, if the blood in the scalp is
healthy, so will be the hair. Within this formula, Dang Gui and Bai Zhi have
been used for externally applied herbal hair care products in China for many
When it comes to the beautification of the skin and hair, Bai Zhi is
the most commonly used medicinal for external application found in Chen
Guan-ting et al.ís Zhong Yi Mei Rong Da Quan (Great Collection of Chinese
Medicine Cosmetology), Chinese National Medicine & Medicinal Science &
Technology Press, Beijing, 1989.
Lu Hui is a more modern hair care ingredient.
Pharmacological research has shown that Lu Hui contains emodin glycosides which
are anti-inflammatory, bacteriostatic, and bacteriocidal. Other research has
shown that Lu Hui has an exceptionally powerful ability to premeate the skin,
thus giving this medicinal the ability to reach deep layers of the skin. Since
Lu Hui also contains saccharides, amino acids, vitamins, and trace minerals, not
only does it kill bacteria and resolve toxins, it also helps in tissue
regeneration. Gan Ye Ju is also a more modern hair care ingredient.
South America as well as grown commercially in China, it is reported to retard
the greying process, eliminate dandruff, and improve hair luster when applied
externally. Contains no animal products or mineral oil. No animal testing.