This herb called Eclipta Alba is found growing in moist tropical and subtropical areas all over the world and it is considered a weed by most horticulturists.  The practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, however, consider it a highly useful plant to heal and treat many maladies of the human body.   It is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and, as we are talking a little bit about how it is used, you will see why this “weed” is so popular with those practitioners.

What Are the Chemical Constituents of Eclipta Alba?

The plant is well known for its curative characteristics.  It has successfully been used for its anti-mytotoxic, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-hemorrhagic, anti-hyperglycemic, antioxidant, immunomodulatory properties and is regarded as a good rejuvenator as well.  There is a broad range of chemical compounds that have been isolated from the eclipta alba plant, such as: coumestans, alkaloids, thiopenes, flavonoids, polyacetyles, triterpenes and their glycosides, just to name a few.

What are some of the Medicinal Uses and Medicinal Properties of Eclipta Alba?

  This Ayurvedic herb, according to Ayurveda philosophy, is considered to be bitter, hot fattening, alterative, anthelminticum and alexipharmic.  In this holistic healing system called Ayurvedic medicine, it is found to be effective in the treatment of inflammation, hernias, eye diseases, bronchitis, asthma, leucoderma, anemia, heart and skin problems, night blindness and syphilis.   It has been described as being valuable in the treatment of complexion, hair, eyes, and teeth conditions.

Skin Conditions Respond Quite Well

This “weed” called Eclipta Alba, also called Bhringaraj, is purported to aid in the healing of many conditions of the largest organ of our bodies – our skin.  In Ayurvedic medicine, it is believed that skin conditions are the result of impurities found in the blood.  Use of eclipta alba or bhringaraj is said to help to purify the blood and thus resolve any skin condition, disease or abnormality.  The powder form of this herb can be ingested or applied directly to skin areas to improve the look and feel of the skin.  This can help the skin appear younger and healthier.  It is also used in wound healing to utilize these skin healing properties.

Liver and Kidneys Can Benefit, Too

In Ayurvedic medicine, bhringaraj powder is said to help cleanse the impurities from these vital organs.  This helps to rejuvenate the liver and the kidneys as well as increasing the blood flow to the heart, which can improve blood pressure levels as well as cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  In Ayurvedic medicine, bhringaraj powder is used to treat hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver.

There Are Sensory Benefits, too

It is said that bhringaraj powder is capable of helping to boost vision and hearing.  This occurs because bhringaraj powder is said to rejuvenate every cell in the human body, thus making many organ systems stronger and able to function more efficiently, including your eyes and ears.

It Is an Anti-inflammatory As Well

The anti-inflammatory properties of bhringaraj powder enable it to be used as a fever reducer and pain reliever.  It can be mixed with water or with oil and then applied directly to the area or source of the pain to help impart relief.  It can also be used to relieve headaches and migraines when it is applied directly to the skin where the headache or migraine is being felt.

All in all, Elipta Alba, sometimes called Bhringaraj, is a major herbal player in the Ayurvedic medicine arena.   Practitioners use it to treat so many conditions and diseases of the human body – a very important “weed” to be sure.