Henna for Therapeutic Use

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Ancient Sunrise Henna
for Therapeutic Use
Laboratory Certified Pure Henna

Use ONLY as directed by your physician for a diagnosed condition.


Therapeutic Use of Topical Henna

There have been several recent medical studies demonstrating topical henna to be a useful topical therapeutic for several conditions.

If you have been prescribed Xeloda chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer or colon cancer,  and your physician has diagnosed Hand-Foot Syndrome as a side effect of this treatment condition, your physician may recommend that you use henna to relieve this side effect (Guzin, 2008).

If your physician has diagnosed,  fingernail or toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, head lice, dandruff, burn treatment, diabetic foot treatment, and staphylococcus,  your physician may recommend henna as a topical analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, or anti-inflammatory, based on recently published medical research. 


Therapeutic henna kit

Ancient Sunrise Henna for Therapeutic Use Kit = $24.99

Complete instructions come with the kit.  Please read all instructions before mixing and applying henna.  Use only as directed by your physician for a diagnosed condition.  This henna is for external use only.   No specilized knowledge is required for mixing and applying this henna.

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Ancient Sunrise Henna for Therapeutic Use Kit contains:

Ancient Sunrise Henna for Therapeutic Use: Net Wt. 3.5 oz (100g)
100% Lawsonia inermis L. [Lythraceae] 1.67% Lawsone by weight, independently certified by Alkemists Pharmaceuticals to be free of pesticides, lead, and contaminants, Batch # 082410

6 tongue depressors for applying henna paste
Mixing jar
1g citric acid
4 nitrile gloves
100g laboratory certified pure henna from Yemen
Instruction sheet

You will also need:

•    Warm distilled water to mix with the henna powder to make henna paste.
•    Paper towels to protect fabrics from being stained by henna
•    A plastic basin full of water may be useful for rinsing feet and hands after the henna paste is removed.

The US FDA does not currently approve the use of henna on skin


Allergic reactions to pure henna are very rare, but they do occur.  Please patch test henna before using on a large area.   If you experience itching or wheezing within one day of applying Ancient Sunrise Henna, rinse the henna off the skin immediately, and consult your physician.  Allergic reactions to pure henna may include itching and hives. 
  • Do not apply henna to broken or abraded skin. 
  • Do not apply henna to the area of the eyes.
  • Do not ingest henna.
  • Do not use henna if you if you have homozygous G6PD deficiency.
  • Consult your physician before using henna on any child under the age of twelve.
  • Henna is for external use only.
The Lawsone dye molecule in henna stains the uppermost layer of skin and nails orange.  This orange color darkens over a few days to a deep rusty reddish brown.. The stain has a musky, woody, rusty scent for the first few days.  The henna stain is temporary and will fade away in less than one month.


Many people have had an allergic reaction to a ‘black henna temporary tattoo’.  ‘Black Henna’ is not pure henna; ‘black henna’ is mixed with para-phenylenediamine, and the allergic reactions to ‘black henna’ are caused by that chemical dye.  Pure Ancient Sunrise Henna for Therapeutic Use does not contain para-phenylenediamine, and should not cause any problem for people who had allergic reactions to ‘black henna’-.  If you have any concerns about a potential allergic reaction to pure henna, consult your physician, and patch test with Ancient Sunrise Henna before applying to a large area. 


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Here are recently published medical papers investigating the potential of therapeutic use of henna:

Aboellil, Amany H., and Majdah M. Y. Al-Tuwaijri. 2010. "Effect of some alternative Medicine in Saudi Arabia and some Biological Factors on Candida Albicans" International Journal of Academic Research 2, no. 1: 103-109.

Ahmadian S, Fakhree MA., (2009) Henna (Lawsonia inermis) might be used to prevent mycotic infection. Medical Hypotheses.Oct;73 (4) :629-30.

Arun, P., K. G. Purushotham, Johnsy jayarani J., and Vasantha Kumari. 2010. "In vitro Antibacterial activity and Flavonoid contents of Lawsonia inermis (Henna)." International Journal of PharmTech Research 2, no. 2: 1178-1181.

Bakhotmah, Balkees A., and Hasan A. Alzahrani. 2010. "Self-reported use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products in topical treatment of diabetic foot disorders by diabeticpatients in Jeddah, Western Saudi Arabia." BMC Research Notes 3, 254-261.

Berenji, Fariba, Hassan Rakhshandeh, and Homeyra Ebrahimipour. 2010. "In vitro study of the effects of henna extracts (Lawsonia inermis) on Malassezia species." Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology 3, no. 3: 125-128.

Muhammad H. S.and Muhammad, S., (2005) The use of Lawsonia inermis linn. (henna) in the management of burn wound infections. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 4 (9), pp. 934-937, 

Mutluoğlu M, Uzun G., (2009) Can henna prevent ulceration in diabetic feet at high risk?  Experimental Diabetes Reseasrch. 2009:107496. 

Nayak B. S.,  Isitor, G.,  Davis, E. M., Pillai, G. K., (2007) The evidence based wound healing activity of Lawsonia inermis Linn. Phytotherapy Research Volume 21, Issue 9, pages 827–831, September 2007

Yucel I, Guzin G., 2008, Topical henna for capecitabine induced hand-foot syndrome.  Investigational New Drugs. 26 (2) : 189-92. Epub 2007 Sep 21.
Department of Medical Oncology, Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School, Samsun 55139, Turkey.

Capecitabine is a chemotherapeutic drug for use in cancers. Hand-foot syndrome (HFS) is side effect of capecitabine which can lead the cessation of the therapy or dose reduction. Henna (Lawsonia inermis) is a traditionally used plant of Middle-East that is applied on hands and feet. Some of cancer patients in capecitabine treatment who developed HFS, we recommended to apply henna. In these patients, six patients were grade 3 HFS and four were grade 2 HFS. Complete response (CR) were seen in four of grade 3 HFS and all of grade 2; two grade 3 HFS improved to grade 1. So far, in the chemotherapy, there was no need of dose reduction and also no side effect of henna seen. Clinical improvement in these patients may relate to anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic effects of henna.