Alternative names: False Daisy, Yerba de Tago. In India, the plant is known as bhangra, "bhringaraj", bhringraj or bhringraja. Another plant, Wedelia calendulacea, is also known by the same name, but Eclipta has white flowers so called white bhangra and Wedelia has yellow flower so it is called yellow Bhangra.
Eclipta Alba contains many helpful nutrients and oils that promote good health.
The plant is bitter, hot, sharp, dry in taste.
Eclipta Alba has been traditionally used in folk medicine, both Ayurveda and Siddha.
Eclipta alba is a plant belonging to the family Asteraceae. It grows commonly in moist places as a weed all over the world. It is widely distributed throughout India, China, Thailand, and Brazil.
The herb Eclipta alba contains mainly coumestans i.e. wedelolactone and demethylwedelolactone, polypeptides, polyacetylenes, thiophene-derivatives, steroids, triterpenes and flavonoids. Coumestans are known to possess estrogenic activity; Wedelolactone possesses a wide range of biological activities and is used for the treatment of hepatitis and cirrhosis, as an antibacterial, anti-hemorrhagic.
The roots of Eclipta alba are emetic and purgative.
In Ayurvedic medicine, the leaf extract is considered a powerful liver tonic, rejuvenative, and especially good for the hair. It is also used in Ayurveda for the treatment of Kapha and Vata imbalances. In Ayurveda the plant is considered a rasayana for longevity and rejuvenation.
Eclipta alba also has traditional external uses, such as athlete foot, eczema and dermatitis, on the scalp to address hair loss and the leaves have been used in the treatment of scorpion stings. It is used as anti-venom against snakebite in China and Brazil; it has been reported to improve hair growth and color. The fresh juice leaves is applied on the scalp for promoting hair growth. The herb is commonly used in hair oils as well as in the form of alcoholic extract.
The expressed leaf juice is applied along with honey is a popular remedy for catarrh in infants. A preparation obtained from the leaf juice boiled with sesame or coconut oil is used for anointing the head to render the hair black and luxuriant. An oil prepared with amla, bhringraj and sometimes with Brahmi is well known in India as Amla Bhringraj oil, which is said to blacken the hair. Plant is rubbed on the gums in toothache and applied with a little oil for relieving headache and with sesame oil in elephantiasis.
Recent studies have shown that it has a profound antihepatotoxic activity. A cardiodepressant activity was also observed in it when used for hepatic congestion. A complete symptomatic relief in epigastric pain, nausea and vomiting in ulcer patients has also been observed.
In Taiwan, entire plant is used as a remedy for the treatment of bleeding, hemoptysis, hematuria and itching, hepatitis, diphtheria and diarrhea. In China, as a cooling and restorative herb, which supports the mind, nerves, liver and eyes. The leaf extract is considered to be powerful liver tonic, rejuvenative, and especially good for the hair.
The plant juice is administered in combination with aromatics for catarrhal jaundice.
Usually used with Phyllanthus.
Usually used with Phyllanthus.
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