Bhringraj is an important Ayurveda herb, widely used in hair fall treatment, liver disorders, skin diseases etc. Its botanical name is Eclipta alba and belongs to Asteraceae family. It’s english name is False daisy.
It is a weed of moist places and up to 5000 ft in hills. Also found as a common weed of paddy fields and across water channels. Stem is cylindrical or flat, rough due to appressed white hairs, nodes distinct and greenish occasionally brownish.
Chemical constituents –
Bhringraj being a potent hair vitalizer has a host of bioactive constituents including flavonoids and phytochemicals like ecliptic, wedelolactone, coumestans, polypeptides, polyacetylenes, thiophene derivatives, steroids, sterols like stigmasterol, heptacosanole, hentriacontanol, and triterpenes.
Part used –
Whole Plant of bhringraj plant is uses for medicinal purposes.
• Fresh Juice 5-10 ml
• Powder – 250 mg – 2 grams in divided dose per day
Ayurvedic Formulations –
• Bhringraj Churna
• Bhringraj Oil
• Bhringraj Juice
• Promotes Hair Growth And Cures Baldness
Bhringraj plays a pivotal role in treating and preventing baldness.
It effectively increases blood circulation in the scalp and hair follicles, which in turn enriches the roots by bringing in more nutrients through the blood supply and promote hair growth.
• Treats Dandruff And Scalp Itchiness
Various types of dandruff usually occur due to excessive dry scalp, humidity in the air and lack of hygiene and eventually leads to itching and flaking. Bhringraj oil not only has powerful anti-microbial, anti-bacterial properties but also has a high specific gravity, which allows the oil to penetrate deep inside the scalp and treat dry scalp and itching.
• Reduces Hair Fall
Bhringraj oil is the one-stop solution for hair fall. It effectively reduces Vata and Kapha doshas, cools the scalp and reduces the stress levels which are primarily the most predominant causes of hair fall.
• Stops Premature Greying Of Hair
The active constituents of bhringaraj hair oil contain haritaki and Jatamansi which are extremely beneficial in maintaining the natural colour of hair and prevent premature greying.
• Improves vision
The potent Chakushya properties of bhringraj 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.
• Headache and migraine
Apart from being an excellent product for nourishing hair, bhringraj is also effective for relieving pain from headaches and migraines. Massage 2 to 3 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.
The active constituents in bhringraj protect the liver from harmful chemicals buys removing AMA Doshas or toxins from the body. It also helps regenerate liver cells.
• Relieves respiratory infections
It 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.
• Treats ulcers
Bhringraj holds high significance in treating different types of ulcers like stomach ulcers, canker sores or mouth ulcers, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, etc.
Bhringraj 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.
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.
Bhringraj 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 osteoarthritis.
Side Effects –
There are no known side effects with this medicine in its regular dose.
It is used in medicines of pediatric conditions and in lactating mothers.
Pregnant mothers should seek doctor’s advice before taking this herb.
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