Bhringaraja


Bhringraj

Bhringraj (Eclipta Prostrata or Eclipta Alba) is a famous herb known for its benefits and usage in hair growth and liver disorders. Bhringaraj is a creeping herb that grows to a height of 3 metres.

It has a long stalk and white coloured flowers which are solitary, winged and about 6 to 8 mm in diameter. The leaves are sessile, lance-shaped and arranged in the opposite orientation. It has distinct cylindrical and grey coloured roots. The herb mostly grows in the moist regions of India, China, Nepal, Thailand, and Brazil.

Herb - Bhringraj

Ayurvedic Actions

Rasa (Taste)KATU (Pungent), TIKTA (Bitter)
Virya (Energy)Heating
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Katu (Pungent)
Guna (Quality)RUKSHA (Dry), LAGHU (Light)
Doshic EffectBalances v- k

BENEFITS

Liver Health

Bhringraj acts as hepatoprotective and stimulates regeneration of hepatic cells. All pharmacological actions of this herb are due to its effects on the liver. 

It increases bile production, enhances digestion, stimulates breaking down and expulsion of toxins, and improves overall liver health. 

In liver diseases, it reduces inflammation, exerts antihepatotoxic effects, and improves liver enzymes. It also protects the liver against alcohol toxicity . It significantly reduces elevated liver enzymes. It reduces the level of alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). 

Bhringraj also has anti-fibrotic effects, which can help to prevent and treat hepatic fibrosis. 

Also helpful in treating jaundice.

Hair

Bhringraj is also an effective medicine for prevention and treatment of hair fall. However, its external application also helps to prevent hair fall by strengthening hair roots.

It has hair growth promoting effects. In a study, it was found that it induces hair growth by promoting hair follicle transition from telogen phase to anagen phase. 

Productive Cough

 It increases expectoration of the sputum and clears the lungs. It also further prevents mucus accumulation in the lungs and gives relief from productive cough. 

Bhringraj For Gastro-Intestinal System

Bhringaraj is extremely beneficial for improving the functioning of the gastrointestinal system. The digestive and carminative properties help a person in digestion, absorption, assimilation, and excretion of wastes. It also prevents gastric ulcers, heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea, etc.

Diarrhea with mucus discharge

Bhringraj is indicated when a patient has diarrhea and mucus discharge along with poor digestion, IBS, or bacterial infection. In these cases, it helps to improve digestion, reduces AMA (toxins), and due to its antibacterial effects, it also treats the infection.

Eyesight & Eye Disorders

Bhringraj is used in form of powder for improving eyesight and treating several eye disorders.

Bhringaraj For Memory

Bhringaraj is a traditional remedy to increase the functioning of the brain. The abundance of antioxidants and flavonoids present in it improves the memory capacity, focus, concentration, calmness, alertness of an individual. 

Being a brain tonic and stimulator, it also improves memory, reasoning, problem-solving, and other cognitive abilities. The neuroprotective elements in the plant prevent loss of memory by increasing mitochondrial activity, thereby preventing Alzheimer's.

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor)

Bhringraj Juice - 1-2 teaspoon twice a day.

Bhringraj Powder - ¼- ½ teaspoon twice a day.

High dosage can cause stomach problems due to its hot potency.

References:

  1. https://www.wjpmr.com/download/article/48062019/1561800916.pdf
  2. http://www.iamj.in/posts/2015/images/upload/2462_2469.pdf
  3. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India.

 

 


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