It is popularly known as ‘false daisy’ in English is a traditional wonder herb, that is hugely recommended for growing long, silky and strong hair.
Botanical Name:Eclipta Prostrata
Botanical Synonym:Eclipta Alba, Verbesina Prostrata, Eclipta Erecta, Eclipta Punctata, Verbesina Alba
Clad by the vernacular names as karisalankani in Tamil,
Gunta galagaraaku in Telugu,
Kesuriya in Bengali,
Kannunni in Malayalam
Bhangaro in Gujarati, this herb belongs to the sunflower family and is widely used all over the world for its immense benefits towards hair and overall health.
The beneficial properties of bhringaraj include
Keshranjaka (hair vitalizer),
Jathraagni deepaka (stimulates digestive fire),
Netrahitkara (treats eye problems),
Kapha visha nashaka (helps destroy Kapha doshas and toxins),
Deepana (enhances stomach fire),
Pachana (helps in digestion),
Kusthahara (treats skin disease),
Shothahara (reduces inflammation),
Raktapitta (treats bleeding disorders),
Kasahara (treats cough and cold),
Pandunut (treats anaemia),
Shiro artinut (treats headache),
Chakushya (improves eyesight),
Rasayana (anti-ageing) and
Jantujit (relieves from worm infestation).
Imbued with these potent properties, bhringaraj is extensively used for treating a host of health issues like hair problems, skin and tooth infections, worm infestations, cough, cold, asthma, anaemia, inflammation, leprosy, and other infections.
|RASA (Taste)||KATU (Pungent), TIKTA (Bitter)|
|GUNA (Main Quality)||RUKSHA (Dry), LAGHU (Light)|
|VIRYA (Potency)||USHNA (Hot)|
|VIPAKA (Resultant)||KATU (Pungent)|
|Main Actions||KESYA (promotes hair growth), VARNYA (improves skin complexion), DRISHTI VARDHAK (increases eyesight), Hepatic stimulant|
|DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humor)||Mainly reduces KAPHA DOSHA and pacifies VATA DOSHA|
|Organs Effect||Hair, Skin, Teeth, Eyes, Liver|
Medicinal Properties of Bhringraj
Bhringraj (Eclipta Prostrata) has following healing properties:
- KESYA (promotes hair growth)
- VARNYA (improves skin complexion)
- DRISHTI VARDHAK (increases eyesight)
- Hepatic stimulant
- Digestive stimulant
- Cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile)
- Detoxifying (Ama Pachak)
- Mild anodyne
- Mild Antihypertensive
- Hematogenic (helps in formation of red blood cells)
- Mild diuretic
- Diaphoretic (induces perspiration)
- Mild febrifuge (alleviates fever by inducing perspiration)
Different benefits of Bhringraja
Bhringaraj for Headache And Migraine
Apart from being an excellent product for nourishing hair, bhringaraj is also effective for relieving pain from headaches and migraines. Massage 5-6 drops of bhringaraj oil or on your forehead and relax. The soothing properties of this oil reduce the throbbing pain and provide a relaxing effect
Bhringaraj for Vision
The potent Chakushya properties of bhringaraj make it extremely beneficial for improving the eyesight. Put 2 drops of bhringaraj oil or juice mixed with water in each of your nostrils in the morning and pull it in slowly to evade nasal congestion and also to improve vision.
Bhringaraj for Skin
The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties of bhringaraj play a key role in the case of skin infections. It holds high significance in detoxifying the blood and helping in wound healing. When used topically as a paste of the leaves or juice, it soothes the inflamed skin and treats infections like eczema, boils, pimples, acne, sunburn etc and provides a healthy, radiant and rejuvenated skin
Bhringaraj for Liver
The active constituents in bhringaraj protect the liver from harmful chemicals buys removing AMA Doshas or toxins from the body. It also helps regenerate liver cells.
Bhringaraj 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.
Bhringaraj for Heart
Bhringaraj holds high value in treating various heart ailments due to its strong antioxidative nature. It controls high blood pressure, regulates cholesterol, strengthens the heart muscles, prevents lipid build up in the blood vessels, and hence reduces the risk of heart attacks, heart blocks, blood clots, etc. It also plays a key role in reducing triglycerides levels in the blood. Regular consumption of this potent leaf extract with honey in water is extremely helpful in boosting heart health.
Bhringaraj for Pain
Bhringaraj has powerful analgesic properties that play a key role in relieving pain and inflammation and hence the medicine is widely used for alleviating pain in case of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritits.
Bhringaraj for Immunity
The magical ayurvedic herb holds high value in improving the general stamina and energy level of the body. The active ingredients in bhringaraj reduce weakness and fatigue and improve the vitality of the body. It also improves the function of the adrenal glands which in turn helps in reducing the stress levels.
Bhringaraj for Diabetes
The excellent hypoglycaemic property of bhringaraj plays a significant role in alleviating the blood sugar level of the body. The production of insulin from the pancreatic β-cells becomes active when an individual takes bhringaraj in the form of a formulation. It helps to reduce the breakdown of starch into glucose which in turn leads to low blood glucose levels.
Bhringaraj for Respiratory Problems
Bhringaraj imbued with powerful anti-microbial properties is extremely beneficial in warding off infections, hence it plays a significant role in treating respiratory ailments like cough and cold symptoms, bronchitis, and asthma. The anti-inflammatory properties also help in reducing the inflammation of the bronchi’s and easing the body.
Bhringaraj for Dysentery
Bhringaraj is the ultimate choice of remedy for effectively treating dysentery. In the case of amoebic dysentery, it completely kills the causative agent Entamoeba histolytica, clears its traces from the liver and intestines and also prevents the dormant amoeba to remain inside the digestive system and create further problems. A juice of bhringaraj infused with honey helps clear symptoms of dysentery.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.