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Bengali Name : Ban Ritha
Chinese Name : Rou guo jin he huan
English Name : Soap Pod, Soap Nut
French Name : Chikakai
Gujarati Name : Chikakhai
Hindi Name : Kochi, Shikakai, Satala
Kannada Name : Sheegae, Shige Kayi, Sigeballi
Latin name : Acacia concinna DC.
Marathi Name : Sikakai, Shikakaayi
Sanskrit Name : Saptala, Shitalaa, Kantvalli
Urdu Name : Shikakai
Recommended Dosage: 2 to 4 g powder of pods (for external use only).
Contraindication: This herb has no known warnings or contraindications.
The pods are externally detergent and astringent and are used as a cleanser for washing hair and as a hair tonic, and forms a rich, natural lather without striping the hair of natural oils. It is popularly referred to as “ fruit for the hair” as it has a natural low pH and is extremely mild. Its detergent action, which cleanses the hair and removes, accumulated debris and a sebaceous material further more imparting hair luster. Also used to remove dandruff and has a detangling effect on the hair, which helps in increasing the hair volume.