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Role of Cyperus rotundus oil in decreasing hair growth

DOI: 10.5455/jice.20120626100304

Keywords: Key words: Androgenic hair , Cyperus rotundus oil , Decrease hair growth , Hirsutism

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Background: There is a lack on the value of Egyptian Cyperus rotundus essential oil in the treatment of Androgenic hair. Aim: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of application Egyptian Cyperus rotundus essential oil in comparison to 0.9% saline on androgenic hair. Patients & Methods: Ninety one female patients with Androgenic hair (hirsutism and axillary hair) completed the study. They were randomly assigned to two groups: group I (active group) (n=47) and group II (control group) (n=44). Patients used topical Cyperus rotundus essential oil for six months and were evaluated at 6th month. Results: The topical Cyperus rotundus oil was significantly more effective (p<0.05) than placebo with out side effects. This result was proved by three assessment methods; difference in hair count, independent observer assessment and patients self assessment. Conclusion: The topical Egyptian Cyperus rotundus essential oil is an effective method in treating moderate degrees of hirsutism and axillary hair. But without affecting serum testosterone. This study is the first report on using Cyperus rotundus essential oil for decreasing hair growth. [J Intercult Ethnopharmacol 2012; 1(2.000): 111-118]

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