Selorita and Ved Prakash
Raj Mohini Devi College of Agriculture 
and Research Station, IGKV, Ambikapur (C.G.) – 497001

Bhringraj (EcliptaProstrata or Eclipta Alba) is small branched annual herbaceous plant with a long history of traditional medicines uses in many countries especially in tropical and subtropical regions. Bringraj is commonly called false daisy. Common Hindi names are Bhanga and Bhangraya. It is common weed in India throught out waste ground. There are four varieties of the herb bhringraj, based on its colour yellow, white, blue and red. The white and yellow ones play animportant role inancient medicine. The white variety is more commonly available, asit grows wildly in moist places, as a weed. The latin name for the yellow variety is Wedelia chinensis. Bhringraj is a famous herb known for its benefits and usage in hair growth and liver disorders. Bhringraj is also known as Kesharaj which means “Ruler of the hair”. It is rich in proteins, vitamins and antioxidants which help protect the body against certain infections. It is also an effective medicine for skin diseases, cough, asthma, eye disorders and diseases related to any part of the head. It improves hair growth, prevents hair fall and treats premature graying of hair. It improves complexion and glow of the skin and prevents several skin diseases. It is more beneficial in chronic skin diseases including pruritus (intense itching), chronic wounds, skin ulcers, atopic dermatitis (eczema) etc. It increases the production of bile from the liver, improves liver functions, reduces constipation and corrects digestion and enhances metabolism. The herb has been known for its curative properties and has been utilized as antimytotoxic, analgesic, antibacterial, antihepatotoxic, antihaemorrhagic, antihyperglycemic, antioxidant, immune modulatory properties and it is considered as a good rejuvenator too.

Botanical Name

Eclipta prostrata

Common Name (English)

False Daisy

Other Names

Eclipta, Yerba De Tago (Yerba De Tajo)

Sanskrit Names

Kehraj, Bhringraja, Bhangra

Tamil Name


Plant Family

Asteraceae (sunflowers, tournesols)


Eclipta L.

Bhringraj (EcliptaProstrata) is helpful in following health conditions -
  • Hair fall
  • Hair thinning
  • Premature graying of hair
  • Scalp itching
  • Pruritus (intense itching)
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Non-healing skin ulcers
  • Atopic dermatitis (especially weeping eczema)
  • Urticaria
  • Skin blisters and eruptions with Kapha or Vata dominating symptoms
  • Cysts and abscesses with secretion discharge
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hepatomegaly (Liver enlargement)
  • Fatty liver disease (hepatic steatosis)
  • Splenomegaly (spleen enlargement)
  • Jaundice
  • Piles
  • Abdominal pain
  • Intestinal worms (Bhringraj juice is given along with Castor Oil)
  • Mild Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Productive cough
  • Asthma

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.

Bhringraj Benefits

Liver Health
Bhringraj (Eclipta Alba) has remarkable effects on the liver. It 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.

Hair Loss
The good liver health can help to reduce the hair fall by processing hormones and fats, removing toxins, and improving hormone level in the body. These factors are common causes of hair fall. Therefore, 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.

Asthma and Productive Cough
If the patient has asthma along with a productive cough.Bhringraj juice along with honey is used for its expectorant action. 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. For the best results, it can be used along with SitopaladiChurna.

Diarrhea with mucus discharge
Mucus discharge in the stool indicates poor digestion and build-up of AMA (toxins) in the digestive system. It is a common symptom in diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bacterial infections, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).In these cases, it helps to improve digestion, reduces AMA (toxins), and due to its antibacterial effects, it also treats the infection.

How to use bhringraj

Bhringaraj Oil
It is a hair tonic that is beneficial for hair fall, grey hair and dandruff. Apart from benefitting the hair, it is also useful for skin problems, headaches, and mental weakness. Massaging your hair with bhringaraj oil provides a calming effect on the head, increases memory, improves blood circulation on the scalp. It prevent hair fall and effectively.

Bhringarajchurna is a finely powdered formulation made using each and every part of the bhringaraj tree i.e. leaves, flowers, roots, and stems. It is extremely beneficial for hair, vision and skin. It helps to purify the blood naturally and improve heart and liver functions.

Bhringaraj Juice
Bhringaraj juice is the decoction obtained from the bhringaraj leaf or flower extract. It improves the appetite and aids in digestion. It is also effective for evading seasonal infection and symptoms of cold and flu.