Bhringaraj (Eclipta Alba) also known as “maaka” belongs to compositae family. It is small shrub which grows up to 1 foot. It bears white coloured flowers. It grows all over India in places where there is plenty of water supply.
This plant is eulogised as “Bhringaraja” (a plant which makes hair as dark as beetle), “Maarkava” (a plant which keeps premature graying of hair at bay) and “Kesharaja” (protects health of hair as king protects his subjects).
Health benefits of Bhringaraj or Eclipta Alba:
According to principles of Ayurveda this plant is light to digest and may dry the tissues of body. It tastes hot and bitter. It has hot potency. It mitigates vata and kapha..
In wounds: External application of paste of this plant helps to heal wounds. It cleans the wound and initiates the growth of granulation tissue. It also reduces pain and inflammation caused due to wounds. It prevents the formation of scar and increases fairness and glow.
Eyes: The nutrients in bhringaraja boost eye health. It helps to improve vision. Ayurveda acharyas recommend use of this plant in vision disturbances.
Digestive System: This plant increases appetite and improves digestion. It acts as liver stimulant. Bhringaraja is recommended in jaundice, intestinal parasites and indigestion.
Circulatory System: Regular use of this plant improves anaemia and helps to normalise blood pressure.
Respiratory System: Eclipta Alba acts as an expectorant. It boosts lung health and is used in respiratory infections.
Urinary System: Intake of Juice extract or Swarasa (juice extracted through swarasa kalpana) of eclipta helps in Cystitis and burning micturition.
Rejuvenation: This plant is known for its rejuvenating properties. It boosts strength and improves stamina.