Although, early research suggests that certain Ayurvedic plants may offer potential therapeutic value. Using plants to treat diseases is common among non-industrialized societies. It’s cheaper than buying modern pharmaceutical drugs.
The WHO estimates that up to 80% of the people in Africa, Latin America, and Asia use herbal medicine for primary health care. The fruit of this plant is called shikakai in India. It’s known as fruit for the hair and used in traditional shampoo. To prepare the fruit pods for use as a shampoo, the bark and leaves of the plant are first dried. Then the bark and leaves are ground into a fine powder and made into a creamy paste.
Shikakai shampoo will not lather like shampoo containing sulfates. Although, it is considered an excellent cleanser. Shikakai shampoo has mild ingredients and a naturally low pH (potential hydrogen). It won’t strip the hair of natural oils like a clarifying shampoo. Since shikakai shampoo doesn’t strip the hair of natural oils during the washing process, it’s usually not necessary to use a conditioner after use.