Fenugreek and Ginseng for Stimulation of Hair Growth

Inventors: Jutta Mai (Farbrikstr. 16, 78224 Singen/Bohlingen, Germany); Heinz Mai (Farbrikstr. 16, 78224 Singen/Bohlingen, Germany). No assignee. U.S. Patent 5,900,239, issued May 4, 1999.

The inventors describe the extraction of the alkaloid trigonelline or trigonellic acid from the seeds of a plant from the genus Trigonella, in particular, fenugreek (T. foenum-graecum), and the oral administration of the extract as a strengthening agent for the skin and horny structures, in particular nails, hooves and claws, of animals, and for the simulation and/or revitalization of the growth of epidermal structures, in particular, hair. The formula contains the trigonellic alkaloids and at least one of the following materials: biotin, Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) extract, horse-chestnut (Aesculus Inppocastanum) seed extract (HCSE), or tocopherol. According to the patent, the ginseng acts as an "accelerator for the action of the alkaloid trigonelline on the stimulation and revivication of the growth of hair." The patent also claims that the effects of trigonella occur after three to four months; with the addition of the ginseng, effects are noticeable within one month. Similar effects occur with the addition of HCSE.

PHOTO (COLOR): Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum.

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By Karen Dean

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