Dr Pillai has revealed that Eclipta alba is a gift from the merciful Lord Siva and that the Southern Indian Saint/Siddha Swami Ramalingam used this amazing herb initially as part of his practice to turn his body into Light.
Eclipta alba is an extraordinary herb. In Ayurveda, Eclipta alba is highly regarded as a herb for treating the body, mind and even the subtle energy system within the body. It can be described as a “Master Ayurvedic Herb” as it is traditionally used to treat a wide array of conditions associated with the liver, brain, nervous system, eyes, hair and skin.
It is commonly known as the false daisy and has a number of vernacular name such as bhringraj, markara, pitripriya, sunilaka, keshrangana, balari, bhangra, bhringraj, bhengra, mochkand, bhangro, dadhal, kalobhangro, ajagara, garagadasoppu, kadigga-garaga, bhangra, maka and yerba de tago.
Eclipta alba belongs to the Asteraceae family. It grows commonly in warm, moist habitats and can be found widely throughout India, China, Thailand and Brazil.
Chief constituents of Eclipta alba and their pharmacological activities are:
|Chemical constituents||Pharmacological activities|
|Wedelolactone||Anti-hepatotoxic (protects the liver), Anti-bacterial, Trypsin Inhibitor, Anti-venom (antidote for treating snake bite)|
|Eclalbosaponins||hair revitalizing, Anti-proliferative (inhibits abnormal cell proliferation / cancer), Anti-giardial (fights giardia parasites)|
|Demethylwedelolactone||Anti-hepatotoxic (protects the liver), Anti-haemorrhage (arrests bleeding), Anti-venom (antidote for treating snake bite), Dye (cosmetic)|
|Dasyscyphin C||Anti-viral, Anti-cancer|
|Ecliptalbine, verazine||Lipid lowering, Analgesic|
Source: Mithun NM, Shashidhara S, “Eclipta alba (L.): A review on its phytochemical and pharmacological profile” Pharmatutor.
For thousands of years traditional healers have used Eclipta alba for treating diseases such as liver cirrhosis, jaundice, gallbladder problems, hepatitis, chest infections, short-sightedness and even memory problems, stress, anxiety and insomnia to name a few. The most amazing thing about Eclipta alba is its seemingly endless list of uses in Ayurveda and folk medicine.
Many of these therapeutic uses have now been confirmed by scientific studies. Preliminary studies show that Eclipta alba is linked to neuro protection, memory and cognitive enhancement, liver protection, reduction of anxiety and stress, pain relief, anti-diabetic activity and stimulation of hair growth.