Herb of the Month
(Botanical Name - Eclipta alba)
Origin of Herbs:
This tropical annual is a creeping and moisture-loving herb; it
has a short, flat or round, brown stem and small white flowers on
a long stalk. It grows 3" tall; the leaves are opposite and
Eclipta grows abundantly in the tropics and is used with success
in Ayurvedic medicine.
Habitat/Occurrence: In paddy growing areas of India, it occurs as
common weed. In many parts of India it is grown commercially as a
Stem: Stems and branches are hairy.
Leaves: Opposite, sessile, oblong- lanceolate; also strigose
Flowers: In heads, involucral bracts, axillary, ray flowers
ligulate; disk ones tubular.
Flowering Time: October to December in Indian conditions.
Useful Parts: Whole plant.
Healing power and curative properties :
Eclipta alba is mainly used in hair oils, but it has been
considered a good drug in hepatotoxicity. In hair oils, it may be
used alongwith Centela asiatica (Brahmi) and Phyllanthus emblica (Amla).
It may be used to prevent habitual abortion and miscarriage and
also in cases of post-delivery uterine pain. A decoction of leaves
is used in uterine haemorrhage. The juice of the plant with honey
is given to infants with castor oil for expulsion of worms. For
the relief in piles, fumigation with Eclipta alba is considered
beneficial. The paste prepared by mincing fresh plants has got
an anti-inflammatory effect and may be applied to insect bites,
stings, swellings and other skin diseases. But in Ayurveda, it is
mainly used in hair oil.
For healthy black and long hair the plant is commonly used in hair
oils all over India
Loss of appetite:
Fresh juice of leaves is used for increasing appetite, improving
digestion and mild bowel regulator.
It is commonly used in viral hepatitis to promote bile flow and
protect the parenchyma.
It is commonly used to enhance memory and learning.
The plant has a reputation as an anti aging agent in Ayurveda. It
is also used as a general tonic for debility. Externally it is
used for inflammation, minor cuts and burns and the fresh leaf
juice is considered very effective in stopping bleeding. Leaf
juice mixed with honey is also used for children with upper
respiratory infection. It is used in eye and ear infections.
Ayurvedic Supplements that contains Sarpagandha :