Other Names: Eclipta erecta
According to Ayurvedic traditions, Bringraj is used for many ailments, including bleeding of any kind, similar to the way in which Eclipta is used in other countries, such as China and Australia. Bringraj is a tonic alterative and deobstruent, with a special influence on the liver, where it can help cirrhosis, hepatitis, or enlargement of the liver and spleen. Its affect on the blood is of use in anemia and skin disorders. It is also used as a nervine in Ayurvedic medicine to treat mental disorders, headaches, and insomnia. Bringraj is a restorative herb with reputed abilities to assist in the treatment of premature greying of the hair, balding, and alopecia, and it is taken internally in this regard, plus applied topically as an oil to the scalp. It has powerful emetic and purgative properties making it a classical choice in dysentery or fevers, where it is a an antipyretic and moderate laxative. Additionally, it is used as a general antiseptic and astringent oral remedy, such as infected gums and loose or falling teeth.