Bhringraj benefits are attributed to its unique characteristics that help to increase hair growth, improve liver functions and detoxify the skin. It has hair growth promoting action. It also has hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory, antihypertensive, antibacterial, antiviral, ovicidal, antifungal and anticancer properties.
It is a wonderful plant used in Ayurveda. Its health benefits include its use in blood pressure, hair problems, skin problems, ulcers and eye disorders, liver disorders, etc. The whole plant (all parts of the plant) is used as medicine in Ayurveda.
The botanical name of Bhringraj is Eclipta Alba. It is a creeping herb, which is commonly known as ‘False daisy’ in English and Bhangra in Hindi. It belongs to the family Asteraceae. It is found throughout India in the marshy places. The plant is erect, the stem is cylindrical with small white flowers, opposite and sessile leaves and brown colored seeds. The therapeutic benefits are attributed to its alkaloid content including Ecliptine and Nicotine. It also contains flavonoids and isoflavonoids. The plant is a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin D and E. In South India, its leaves are cooked with vegetables, fried with onions and mixed with pulses. It can also be taken for boosting the immune system and preventing liver diseases.