False Daisy or Bhringaraj (Binomial name : Eclipta prostrata )

January 3, 2015

False Daisy or Bhringaraj, binomial name Eclipta prostrata, it is one of the best known herb used in Siddha and Ayurveda Medical System for preventing balding and premature greying of hair. It is used as natural hair dye and it is a common ingredient in various hair oil preparations. It reduces Kapha and Vata and is a good rejuvenator. The whole plant (Roots, Stems, and Leaves & Seeds) is used in the herbal medicinal preparation. Its root powder is used for treating hepatitis, enlarged spleen and skin disorders. Leaves of the plant are rich in protein which helps to helps to heal wounds and reduces uterine bleeding. It is high in carotene content which helps to prevent night blindness and other eye disease.


In Tamil language, it is called karisalaankanni and it is very commonly seen in South India. Due to its amazing health benefits, it is very commonly used in South Indian cooking (e.g. karisalaankanni kootu / poriyal, thogayal or stuffed chapatti). It highly grows in India and South America


Some of the many benefits of False Daisy or Bhringaraj include:


  • Anti-ageing

  • Ant-bacterial

  • Anti-cancer

  • Anti-inflammatory – Helps to treating hyper acidity

  • Anti-oxidant

    • It can help to strengthen your immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection

    • It strengthens metabolism & circulation.

  • Anti-viral

  • Effective in reducing headache

  • It prevents hair fall and premature greying of hair

  • It purifies blood and stimulates liver

  • It cleans the liver and encourages secretion of bile

  • It is used in treatment of enlarged liver and spleen disorders

  • It helps to treat hepatitis

  • It helps to reduce uterine bleeding

  • It is given to children in the case of Urinary Tract Infection

  • It enhances appetite and improves digestion

  • It used in treating constipation

  • It expels intestinal worms, cures coughs and asthma, and tones the body

  • Its seed is aphrodisiac


The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice. 

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