Henna

What other names is Henna known by?

Alcanna, Egyptian Privet, Hennae Folium, Henne, Henné, Jamaica Mignonette, Lawsonia alba, Lawsonia inermis, Mehndi, Mendee, Mignonette Tree, Plante du Paradis, Reseda, Smooth Lawsonia.

What is Henna?

Henna is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.

Don't confuse henna with henna root (Alkanna tinctoria), also referred to as alkanna root.

Historically, henna has been used for severe diarrhea caused by a parasite (amoebic dysentery), cancer, enlarged spleen, headache, jaundice, and skin conditions. These days, people take henna for stomach and intestinal ulcers.

Henna is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for dandruff, eczema, scabies, fungal infections, and wounds.

In manufacturing, henna is used in cosmetics, hair dyes, and hair care products; and as a dye for nails, hands, and clothing.

People also use henna on the skin as temporary "tattoos."

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Ulcers in the stomach or intestines.
  • Severe diarrhea caused by parasites called amoebas (amoebic dysentery).
  • Cancer.
  • Enlarged spleen.
  • Headache.
  • Yellow skin (jaundice).
  • Skin conditions, when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
  • Dandruff, when applied to the scalp.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of henna for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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