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....
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