The Medicinal Uses of Eclipta Alba

The Medicinal Uses of Eclipta Alba

Eclipta Alba is not a very well-known herb, but it does have some wonderful medicinal properties. It grows in moist, tropical areas, and only ever reaches about 15cm high. It is sometimes called the false daisy, and is actually a weed. This small, unassuming plant is often overlooked, but if you know what to use it for, it can be one of the most healing natural home remedies you have ever used. First and foremost, Eclipta Alba is said to be one of the most efficient treatments for liver diseases like liver enlargement, as well as problems with the gall bladder, spleen and many other minor organs and areas within the body. Hepatitis can be somewhat treated with the use of Eclipta Alba also. It should be noted that it is not the ultimate cure for all of these internal diseases. It eases the symptoms and helps to make the area healthier and more able to combat the problem. Paste made from Eclipta Alba powder can be applied directly to the skin, particularly to areas that are swelling or inflamed. This will reduce both the swelling and any pain that comes with it. The same paste can be applied to wounds to let them heal faster and with less troublesome scar tissue. Athlete’s foot, eczema, dermatitis and other skin related issues can all be treated with it. In relation to hair care, Eclipta Alba nourishes the hair and strengthens it, making it look and feel healthier. It is often used for treating baldness, hair thinning and hair loss due to its natural hair rejuvenating properties. Taking just 3 grams...

Eclipta alba – a future drug against high blood pressure?

Diuretic, Hypotensive, and Hypocholesterolemic Effects of Eclipta alba in Mild Hypertensive Subjects1. Eclipta alba is a ancient medicinal plant, most widely used in the Indian subcontinent. It has been used for centuries for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, including infection, inflammation, fever, constipation and as a remedy for liver protection. In a research study from 2007, researchers evaluated the potential of Eclipta alba to treat hypertension – high blood pressure, a common disease in the western world. Sixty males with high blood pressure and a sedentary life-style were enrolled into a clinical trial in  India. They were separated into two groups; the first group received six capsules containing Eclipta extract a day (treatment group), the second group received the same number of capsules, but with a placebo, i.e. there was no Eclipta extract in them (placebo or control group). The clinical trial was randomized, the participants could not and did not know whether they had received Eclipta capsules or a placebo. The volunteers in the study were followed for sixty days and their health regularly evaluated. There were no important differences in the first weeks between the two groups. However, all participants were examined on the 45th day of the study and patients in the treatment group had significantly lower blood pressure compared to their initial values at the time of enrollment. Not surprisingly, patients on placebo had no measurable drop in blood pressure. On a follow-up visit fifteen days later, the blood pressure in treated participants dropped even further and was within the normal, reference value range for healthy people. In other words, Eclipta alba provided adequate...

Eclipta alba as a painkiller – Scientific Research

Analgesic Studies on Total Alkaloids and Alcohol Extracts of Eclipta alba (Linn.) Hask1. Eclipta Alba has been traditionally used in folk culture as a remedy against pain and inflammation, but no study has ever verified Eclipta’s efficacy in pain and inflammation management. Researchers from Mumbai in India performed a  study on animals to evaluate whether Eclipta alba has pain-killing, analgesic, actions on the body. Investigators used laboratory mice and divided them into five groups. The first group consisted of mice that received a placebo – normal saline, which has no known analgesic effects. Mice in the second group were treated with a standard painkiller, either aspirin or codeine, both commonly prescribed and used. Animals from the third and fourth group received a low-dose or high-dose Eclipta alba alcohol extract, respectively, and mice from the fifth group were treated with a chloroform Eclipta extract, referred as a total alkaloid solution. Researchers used three distinct experiments to determine the level of pain and discomfort associated with it and in every experiment, mice from all five groups were tested and compared. In the first experiment, they clipped mice tail with a bulldog clip and measured the time lag before responding to the painful stimulus. Normally, a mouse responds by biting the clip or the tail near the location of the pain. Administration of aspirin and low-dose Eclipta extract doubled the response time, indicating that both remedies were successful in ameliorating pain. Treatment with high-dose Eclipta extract and total alkaloids tripled the response time, documenting that the analgesic effect of Eclipta is dose-depandant. In the next experiment, they bathed the tails in hot...
Eclipta Alba and Hair Loss – Scientific Research

Eclipta Alba and Hair Loss – Scientific Research

Hair growth promoting activity of Eclipta alba in male albino rats1 Eclipta alba also known as Bhringraj, is a medicinal herb with a traditional claim of hair growth promotion. This was tested in a research experiment from 2008 in India. The main purpose of the study was to evaluate whether Eclipta in fact has a potential to promote hair growth and test is as a remedy for hair loss. Male rats had hair shaved over the bellies and were randomly assigned into six groups; each group of rats received a different test sample applied over the shaved skin. The first group consisted of rats receiving an ointment containing no active ingredients, this group was used as a control group. The second and third group  received an ointment containing a 2% and 5% alcohol Eclipta extract, respectively. The fourth and fifth group had a 2% and 5% petroleum Eclipta extract applied, respectively, and the last, sixth, group received an ointment containing minoxidil which is commonly used by dermatologists to restore hair growth in men with baldness. A small piece of skin over the belly was subsequently removed every few days and examined under a microscope to evaluate for hair growth. It resumed in the second week in the untreated, control group and on the sixth day in rats treated with monoxidil. The fastest restoration of hair growth was observed in rats treated with the 5% Eclipta petroleum extract; these rats had hair growing from the fifth day on, whereas rats treated with the 2% petroleum Eclipta extract from the sixth day on, similar to minoxidil. Treatment with the alcohol Eclipta...
Natural Remedies for Hair Loss

Natural Remedies for Hair Loss

The leaves and roots of the eclipta alba plant, also known as false daisy, are powerful natural remedies for a variety of ailments. Whether you are suffering from hair loss, greying hair or many of the other effects of increased age, there is a cure for your problems in eclipta alba. The eclipta plant has been used in traditional medicine of India, China, Taiwan and Brazil for centuries. In Ayurveda, India’s ancient and time-honoured system of natural medicine and the oldest medical practice in the world, the eclipa plant is recognised as one of the most potent restoratives in the world. Now western science is paying attention to this amazing plant. Studies conducted in the 1950s, the 1970s and as recently as 2009 have all shown that the roots, stem and leaves of eclipta alba, the “false daisy”, contain a multitude of potent chemicals that are antiherpatotoxins, anti-inflamatories and antivirals. The plant is used in liver detoxification because of its ability to heal cirrhosis of the liver. Treating the Diseases of Aging One of the most common side effects of getting older is hair loss and going grey. Eclipta alba provides a remedy for both. The leaf extract of the false daisy is a strong natural black dye that is often used in tattooing because of its rich colour. That colour is due to chemicals that have the power to restore lost colour to your hair. In addition, the leaf extract contains chemicals that speed up the healing process for damaged hair follicles. Hair follicle damage is the root cause of hair loss in women, and repairing the damage...

The Healing Powers of Eclipta Alba

Western medical science has repeatedly studied the remarkable healing powers of eclipta alba for the past sixty years, concluding each time that this amazing plant is one of the most potent sources of natural remedies available. Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India and the oldest medicinal discipline in the world, has long known of the potential of eclipta alba. The plant has been used in India for over 5000 years to treat a range of ailments, including everything from headaches and migraines to treating worm infestations and liver detoxification. The plant’s leaves, roots and stem all contain a mixture of chemicals the body needs to fight infection, treat diseases and cure the sick. It is one of nature’s own wonder drugs in herbal form. Treating Worms with Eclipta Alba Worm infestations can be very common, especially in young children because their immune systems are underdeveloped and cannot fight off infections as easily. This leads to easy infestations of tape worms, which can be deadly if left unchecked. Fortunately eclipta alba leaf extract is a strong anti-worm remedy. Simply mix between 3 and 6 teaspoons of left extract with some honey and give it to your child once a day for a week. Because babies and younger children should not be given honey (it can lead to upper respiratory tract infections and other diseases of the lungs due to their underdeveloped immune systems), honey should be substituted for castor oil. This makes the leaf extract (which is already rather bitter) taste bad, but it is much safer for the child. Pin worm infestations are equally as bad as tape worms....

How to Reverse Female Hair Loss

Over the centuries, people have tried a wide range of remedies to counteract female hair loss, with varying degrees of success. In India, where the ancient tradition of Ayurvedic medicine has its roots, there is a proven technique to reverse hair loss in women and even restore damaged hair to its natural lustre. The leaves of the eclipta alba plant are widely known for their amazing restorative powers. They can heal liver cirrhosis; counteract snake and insect bites through bloody detoxification; restore colour to greying hair; and even reverse hair loss. These remarkable achievements have been used in Ayurvedic medicine (where it is known as bhringraj oil) for over 5000 years and for the last fifty years, Western science has been studying the plant’s amazing properties. Research published in 1955, 1977 and 2009 all concluded that eclipta alba leaf extract contains active chemicals that cause the body to begin renewing damaged hair cells. The leaf encourages the reparation of damage to the scalp, which restores the hair follicles to a working state. Hair begins to grow again and the chemicals in the leaf extract encourage the follicles to remain in the growing phase for longer than would naturally be possible. As a result, hair loss is reversed quickly and hair regrows at a faster pace. Preparing Eclipta Alba Hair Oil or Bhringraj oil Eclipta alba has many uses depending on how it is prepared. Detoxification of the blood occurs when the leaf extract is ingested, while using a topical paste relieves pain and inflammation of the skin. For female hair loss, the leaf extract must be made into an oil....

Ayurvedic Medicine Can Relieve Your Ailments

Modern medicine is a wonderful thing but it cannot cure everything. Medication often comes with side effects, some of which are worse than the symptoms the pills are supposed to cure. Thankfully there are alternatives, which can be used alongside or instead of conventional medicine to relieve those ailments that continue to make our lives a misery. Ayurvedic medicine comes to us from India, where it has been the preferred medical practice for over 5000 years. It focusses on natural herbal remedies that are time-honoured and have long been proved effective in the treatment of many problems, from colon cleansing and cirrhosis of the liver to treatments for jaundice and hepatitis. In India, Ayurvedic medicine is practiced by many orthodox medical practitioners. Doctors often use it to complement their western medical practices, because its all-natural therapies are useful in the treatment of ailments modern medicine cannot treat quickly or cheaply. Treating Cirrhosis with Eclipta Alba The leaves of the eclipta alba (known locally as Bhringaraj) plant are hepato protective, meaning they strengthen the body’s natural resistance to damage to the hepatic system by assisting in the removal of toxins from the liver. In fact, the chemicals contained in eclipta alba have been shown in several scientific tests to be some of the most potent naturally-produced chemicals in the world. For the treatment of liver problems, no other plant extract comes close to the effectiveness of eclipta alba; and its effectiveness even surpasses several pharmaceuticals. The active ingredients found in eclipta alba that help protect the liver are demethyl wedelolactone and wedelolactone, both of which are found throughout the plant....

What is Ayurvedic medicine?

Ayurvedic medicine has been used in India for over 5000 years. It is one of the oldest forms of natural medicine in the world, with practices that have stood both the test of time and the rigours of modern scientific study. In the modern world, Ayurvedic treatments are in use all across the globe and millions rely on their remarkable healing powers every year. The word “ayurvedic” comes from Sanskrit, where it means “the knowledge of life”. Although it and unani medicine have intermixed with classical Greek, Roman and Persian practices over the centuries to form complex medical systems in their own right, modern ayurvedic practitioners in India are often qualified medical doctors as well. This means when you try ayurveda for yourself you can be sure that the people advising you are trained in traditional medicine as well as this ancient and time-honoured complementary therapy. What Does Ayurvedic Medicine Contain? Ayurveda is concerned with natural remedies, rather than synthetic components made in a laboratory or pharmaceutical company. It uses natural herbs and minerals to heal a variety of ills and the methods have long withstood the test of time. In the case of hair loss remedies, colour rejuvenation and even treatments for snakebites, the favoured herb to go to in ayurevedic medicine is eclipta alba. This plant goes by many names – bhringaraj, bhringraja, kehraj or karisalankanni. Eclipta alba has been used for centuries in India, China, Taiwan and even as far afield as Brazil because of its remarkable natural healing properties. What’s more, it works fast. The Many Uses of Bhringaraj One of the most highly regarded of...

Ayurvedic Medicine for Hair Loss

Hair loss is a terrible ailment that causes stress and lower self-esteem for millions each year. The symptoms, whether slow in onset or quick to appear, reduce self confidence and attempts to hide or disguise the condition rarely succeed. There are many remedies for hair loss on the market but out of all the herbal medicine options, only ayurvedic medicine is proven by medical science to be both a quick and effective remedy. What is Ayurveda? In India, the traditional medicine system for over 5000 years has been Ayurveda. This is a system of natural herbal medicines that form the oldest medical discipline in the world. Ayurveda is based on similar ideas to those of ancient Greece and Rome, which are the basis of modern Western medical thought. The word Ayurvedic comes from two Sanskrit words and means “the science of life”. In the modern world, it combines natural remedies with Western medicine; as most practitioners of ayurveda in its native India are also medical doctors in their own right. As a result, this herbal medicine is often used to complement standard medical procedures. That does not mean ayurveda cannot stand on its own, of course. Research over the last sixty years has proven time and time again that many ayurvedic practices, such as the use of bhringraj oil, are actually very powerful natural remedies. Bhringraj, for example, is a strong restorative with proven effectiveness in treating hair loss and greying hair. Herbal Medicine Treats Hair Loss The eclipta alba plant, known as bhringraj in India, is a remarkable plant. Its roots, stem and leaves are all used in...
Bhringraj Hair Oil Works

Bhringraj Hair Oil Works

Bhringraj is a plant found growing all over India, as well as parts of China, Taiwan and Brazil. It has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years, and is still used in the modern world because of its amazing restorative qualities. Bhringaraj leaves are used to create a wonderfully vibrant black dye for colouring hair and the same natural dye is also used in tattoos. In medicine, the leaves of the Bhringraj plant are used to cure a variety of ailments from snakebites to hair loss. In order to treat hair loss, the plant extract is formed into bhringraj hair oil and massaged into the affected areas of the scalp. This massaging combined with the potent chemicals in the bhringraj plant extract work together to relieve the problems causing hair loss, and to restore colour to greying hair. Medical tests have shown that repeated use of this hair oil treatment not only speeds up recovery time for conditions such as traction alopecia hair loss but the hair follicles also remain in the growing phase for longer. This makes bhringaraj hair oil an excellent choice not just for hair loss sufferers but also for anyone who wants to grow their hair out quickly. What Makes Bhringaraj So Potent? The Bhrinharaj leaves are not the only part of the plant that have amazing rejuvenative powers. The plant itself possesses antiseptic and antihepatotoxic qualities and is a good source of ascorbic acid. The roots are a diuretic and tonic. The whole plant is a cornucopia of natural remedies. The reason bhringaraj is able to provide all these different uses...
What is Bhringraj?

What is Bhringraj?

In Ayurveda, a traditional form of Indian medicine, Bhringraj is a powerful natural herb with many uses. The plant it comes from has the scientific name Eclipta Prostrata or Eclipta Alba and it is found throughout India, China, Thailand and as far away as Brazil. Bhringraj has featured amongt the ayurvedic herbs for hair for millennia. The Effect of Ayurvedic Herbs For Hair When it comes to dealing with premature greying, hair loss and a general lack of health to your hair, a herbal hair oil is an excellent solution. There are many claims about the effectiveness or otherwise of alternative medicines but few have stood up to actual rigorous scientific analysis. Bhringaraj has passed the tests modern science has thrown at it. In 1955 the first widely-reported scientific studies into the effects of bhringaraj as a herbal hair oil were conducted. Reports by Chopra et al. Showed Bhringraj (which is also widely known as False Daisy) improves both the colour of hair, restoring lost colour in those who are going grey, and also works to speed up hair growth. Similar tests conducted in 1975 by Kritikar and Basu reported the same. A study in 2009 into the effectiveness of ayurevedic herbs for hair loss treatment found that Bhringraj was more effective than other treatments on the market. The study demonstrated the bhringaraj treatment prduced close to 160% regrowth in areas affected by hair loss through means such as traction alopecia, compared to the most popular remedies. How to use Bhringaraj Oil for Hair Bhringaraj is taken in many forms for treating different ailments. In the case of hair...

Treating Skin Conditions With Eclipta Alba

Filiarisis is a disease caused by an infection of roundworms. It is usually passed on to humans from blood-feeding insects such as mosquitoes and black flies. It is possible to treat these insect bites using eclipta alba. The paste will reduce the inflammation caused by the bites, and also alleviate the pain caused by the infection. First, a thick paste must be created using sesame seed oil as a base. The leaf must be crushed up and mixed into the sesame seed oil, then the paste is applied liberally over the swollen area. It is also necessary to apply the paste to the glands that are swollen as a result of filariasis. Treating Urticaria with Eclipta Alba Urticaria, or “hives”, are allergy rashes composed of round, red welts on the skin. They itch like crazy and, because they are caused by allergies, the swelling that accompanies the itching can be severe; even life-threatening. Thankfully eclipta alba can treat urticaria very easily. As with the treatment of filariasis, we need to prepare a sesame seed oil paste using crushed eclipta leaves. This paste is a strong antinflammatory agent with analgesic properties. It will soothe the rash, reduce the swelling and remove the risks associated with dangerous over-swelling of the affected area. Remember to apply a liberal amount of the paste to the rash, otherwise there may not be enough active ingredients to treat the whole area. It is better to apply too much and have to wash it off, than to apply too little and have to prepare another paste later on. Using Eclipta Alba to Restore Skin Colour It...
The Eclipta Alba Cure for Hair Loss

The Eclipta Alba Cure for Hair Loss

Hair loss is a terrible blow to anyone’s self-confidence so it is no wonder that millions are spent each year on tonics, potions and other treatments of dubious quality and effectiveness, all in the hope that a cure will be found. Most cures on the market work only is specific circumstances, if at all, but there is one that is backed by hard science. Eclipta alba is a plant that grows in the tropical regions of the world and has been used in both traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for over 5000 years. Since the mid 1950s its remarkable healing powers have been tested by western science, and the results are fascinating. The eclipta plant is a remarkable restorative agent, and its plant extract can be used to treat many different ailments, from gall bladder problems to liver cirrhosis and even hair loss. Eclipta alba has long been used in Chinese medicine as a potent antivenom against snakebites, and also in Brazil for the same reason. How does Eclipta Alba Work? The leaf extract of the eclipta alba plant contains a number of chemicals known for their incredible healing powers. The leaves contain strong antihepatotoxin chemicals such as wedelolactone and desmethylwedelolactone, as well as several ecliptines, stigmasterol and ursolic acid. As a result, the leaves of the eclipta alba plant are incredibly strong restorative agents that can be used to treat hair loss in a quick and simple manner. The chemicals in the eclipta leaf extract help the hair follicles to remain in the growing phase for longer than they otherwise could. This means once the hair begins to...