Chris Lyle A. Buniel,
Carmel Reina B. Carreon,
Frances Abigail C. Dotillos,
Edelaine Marie J. Galeon ,
Mariel Gie A. Painagan ,
Jessa May D. Pepito ,
Regimer L. Ty,
Brian M. Denney
The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, more commonly known as Gumamela in the Philippines, were found to contain substances similar in effects to Minoxidil, which enhances the keratinocyte process, thereby helping hair growth.
The study determined the hair growing effect of Gumamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) flower extract applying different variables on male albino mice. In the study, quantitative true experiment (repeated measure design) was used to evaluate its hair growing effects.
The acclimatization, experimentation and the gathering of data was conducted at Cebu Doctors' University Animal Research Laboratory. Acquiring the Gumamela flower extract at varied concentrations was done at Cebu Doctors' University Medical Technology Laboratory. Research subjects used were fifteen (15) healthy male albino mice that were purchased from a single commercial breeder. These were then placed in the acclimatization room at the Animal Research Laboratory for a period of fifteen (15) days to ensure that the mice are healthy and to allow them to adapt to their new environment. After that period, the experimental days begun by shaving a portion on each of their backs, making sure no hair was left on the premeasured area. On the succeeding days, Gumamela flower extracts at different concentrations were applied and served as the treatment, while 3% Minoxidil as the commercial hair-growing product in the shaved portion daily for a period of twenty-one (21) days. The natural hair growing capacity of each mouse served as the negative control. Measuring and recording of data was done weekly within the experimentation period.
The results revealed that the experimental group which composed of 50%, 75% and 100% Gumamela flower extracts had significant results between week 1 to week 2 when hair growth was measured. Experimental group had faster growth compared to the commercial hair growing product. Therefore, comparing the results of the experimental group and the commercial hair-growing product group revealed that Gumamela flower extract whichever concentration had significant results than the negative and the commercial hair-growing product which is 3% Minoxidil.
In the light of the findings gathered from the study, the researchers would like to recommend to use of Gumamela as a cheaper and more readily available hair growing alternative, and to make use of the Gumamela flowers in the preparation of the formula for the said products.
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