Eclipta alba is a medicinal ,creeping and moisture loving herb belongs to the family of Asteraceae ,widely distributed throughout India ,China ,Thailand ,and Brazil .It grows commonly in moist places as a weed all over the world .This plant has cylindrical grayish root with flowers .There are four varities of the herb bhringraj based on its color yellow ,white ,blue and red .White and yellow play an important role in ancient medicine . Eclipta prostrata commonly known as false daisy ,yerba de tago and bhringraj .The other names of this plant in other languages karisalankanni in Tamil ,bhungra in Hindi ,bhringraj in Sanskrit guntagalijaern in telugu ,kayooni in malayalam .
It contains ,alkalaids ,flavonoids ,glycosides .poly acetylenes ,triterpenoids ,stigmasterol a – terthienylmethanol etc .Traditionally it has been used for blackening hair ,promoting hair growth and strengthening hair ,tattooing and external uses like athlete foot ,eczema dermatitis and leaves has been used in the treatment of scorpion stings and also a powerful liver tonic in ayurvedic system of medicines .
Many studies revels that this herb helps to cure
– Jaundice , fatty liver ,,hemorrhoids and indigestion .
– Protects against night blindness and other eye diseases like conjunctivitis ,styes ( inflammation of eye lids ) and redness because of its high content of carotene .
– Gargling the leaves of this juice strengthens teeth gums and clears coating of the tongue .
– Natural tonic for hair ,acts as a conditioner for hair, prevents hair loss ,premature graying of hair ,alopecia ,early baldness and promote hair growth .
– Treat skin conditions like itching ,inflammations ,recolor the skin after depigmentation .
– Alleviate the mucus and treat asthma and bronchitis .
– Oil prepared from this also dissolves obstructions in the sinus .nose .ears and head .( use as nose and ear drops )
– Good for throat and lung infection .
– Decoction of this herb is used in uterine haemorrhage and menorrhagia .
– Protect against all types of cancer because of its anti cancer activity .
– Protects against bacterial infections of E .coli ,Salmonella typhi ,K,pneumoniae bacterias .
– Clinically proved to posses anti diabetic and diuretic activity by acting upon pancreas by restoration and regeneration of pancreatic beta cells .
– Improves memory because of its memory enhancing activity .
– Increases the hemoglobin levels in blood .
– It calms stress and reduces tension because of its anti aggression activity .
– Prevents high blood pressure
– Heals ulcer because of its anti inflammatory activity .
– Cures constipation because of its fiber content .
– Used as an anti venom against snake bite in China and Brazil .You can take this herb as a juice and powder .1 teaspoon powder mixed with hot water or honey before food in the morning or
5 to 10 ml of juice can take per day .You can prepare many food items with this herb like karisalankanni koottu ,chappathi ,dosa etc .