Often called, “the alchemists of India”, Tamil Siddhas are a group of saints that live in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. They are deeply spiritual beings who unlock the abilities of the ancient Tamil Siddha tradition of medicine and healing. For over 5000 years, the Tamil Siddhas have made medicine for those in need and have healed people with almost every type of ailment.

 Secrets of the Siddhas

 The secrets of the Siddhas are tightly held within the group of masters and only those that truly know the ancient traditions are able to formulate herbal preparations. Dr. Baskaran Pillai is one of the Tamil Siddha masters and he has been unlocking the secrets of the Siddha traditions for forty years. He has healed people from all walks of life and changed their lives significantly in doing so. Through Dr. Pillai’s grace and wisdom, the secrets of the Siddha herbs have been unlocked by introducing a key ingredient – sound infusion.   

 What is sound infusion?

The Siddhas believe that by infusing specific sacred sounds into prepared herbal remedies, the nuclear potential of the herbs are enhanced and the maximum physical, psychological and spiritual healing ability is available. Nambu Botanicals has created a system which allows members to access the full potential of the herbs, with strong intention, just as the Siddha masters practice.

Siddhas also believe that life should be challenged and comprise should never be an option. Siddhas challenge every aspect of life and overcome the limitations of their bodies in doing so. This literally makes modern day miracles happen! They are able to defy aging and turn the impossible into the possible. 

 Stay tuned for more information on the Urban Siddha Movement and how you can strive to succeed, by living a life free of compromise!



Eclipta alba is a creeper with small Golden Yellow or White flowers that grows throughout India and is highly prized by Ayurvedic and Siddha practitioners for its diverse range of health-giving powers, particularly with regards to its ability to overcome liver disorders. 

The leaves, stems and roots of Eclipta alba, a member of the sunflower family, have been used for thousands of years by traditional healers to treat diseases such as liver cirrhosis, jaundice, gallbladder problems and hepatitis. Eclipta liquid extract is also used for medicinal purposes to help combat everything from memory problems, stress and anxiety to insomnia, chest infections and even eyesight problems, such as short-sightedness. 

Many of these therapeutic uses have now been confirmed by studies, and with regards to its liver-protective properties researchers have found that the plant is able to shield your liver cells and protect them against harmful toxins. It contains the chemicals ecliptine (which protects against liver problems), steroidal alkaloids (which help kill cancerous cells) and ecliptasaponin which protects the brain against toxic damage. 

According to St.Ramalingam (Vallalar) by just taking this herb in some format every day one can obtain more spiritual wealth of information than from a Guru for over 20 years. According to the Siddhas, Eclipta has a high amount of iron content. It’s an initial stage in the process of alchemy process. Eclipta will increase the iron content in the system. Later Iron will be transformed in Copper and then to Gold and then to Light body. One can look at the periodic table to see the sequence too as to what is being accomplished. In one meditation technique Dr.Pillai mentions copper body to golden body. Shiva an expert alchemist is named as vethiyan which means one who is an expert in Vedas. It also means on who is an expert in Alchemy (Chemist is also called as Vethiyan). 

How do Siddhas know Eclipta alba has the ability to help us reach towards the increase of iron content and towards lightbody? Their approach to understand the presence of certain materials and the makeup of these materials are quite different because they were able to see the nourishing material from the plant to the corresponding koshas (layers). Siddhas were able to see the nourishing ability of Eclipta alba to the Jivatman -Soul layer.  

 There is a mythological story to illustrate this; Dr.Pillai coined the term as mythotheraphy phenomenon. Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to construct a big temple for Shiva at Chidambram, all the construction work was done, he wanted to have the main deity to have a form which is different from the usual shivalinga. He gathered a lot of gold for this and gave to the goldsmith and told the requirements about the form. Goldsmith did not have a clue because he has not had any vision of Shiva with a form, so he meditated on Shiva for days together and had a glimpse of Shiva as a cosmic dancer; he designed the statue accordingly and melted all the gold he got from the King into the mould. The next day the King came to see the finished statue, when the mould was removed, they saw a beautiful statue but it was in copper form. King gave him an ultimatum that within 24 hours if he didn’t give back all the gold he swindled he would face the death penalty. Goldsmith prays to Shiva why he should go through this for not having done anything wrong. Shiva appears in his dream and instructs him to melt equal amount of copper and take a tiny bit of metal from his left feet and add it to the molten copper. The next day he found the entire copper turned into gold.

This will take place internally to any person given you have the grace of Shiva and have a body prepared with enough amount of copper to turn into gold and then to light. 





The story goes that once there was a famous Brahmin scholar who had a good-hearted but very stupid son. In the old Vedic world, the ability to memorize and recite sacred texts was a crucial skill and the mark of a man’s worth. The son couldn’t even pronounce the Sanskrit correctly. So, instead of being educated like other Brahmin sons, he was put to menial tasks like cleaning the house and carrying jugs of water from the river.

Then one day, when the son went to the river, he came across a beautiful woman in distress. The son rescued her, gave her water to drink and took her home for a good meal. She was profuse in her thanks. As she said goodbye, she did a strange thing: she touched her finger to the boy’s tongue. Suddenly, the boy burst out with a verse of Sanskrit poetry so subtle, so sinuous in meter and rhyme that everyone present could only gasp in amazement.

From that moment on, the boy displayed powers of speech, memory, and rhetoric so far beyond his father’s that in only a few years he became the most famous orator in his district. That mysterious woman was the goddess Saraswati, demonstrating the power of her grace. A verse says, “When Saraswati gives her blessing, a dumb person becomes a poet.”

Swami Vivekananda, the great Hindu teacher whose eloquence captured the American imagination at the Chicago Parliament of World Religions in 1893, related that as he stepped on stage to deliver his paradigm-shifting address, he did so without notes or even a plan. Instead, he asked for Saraswati’s grace and winged it, utterly confident that she would give him the words. She did, and in that one address, Vivekananda changed the way  a pivotal group of Western religious people understood Hinduism. To be blessed by Saraswati is to be able to transform the world through words.
Day 7
The seventh manifestation of Mother Durga, worshipped on the seventh-day of
Navrartri, is Goddess Kalratri. She has a dark complexion, tousled hair and a valor posture. Having three eyes that shine intense and bright and dreadful flames originating from her breath; she is often depicted sitting on a donkey as she rides on “Gadarbh”. She is admired with name “Kalratri” because she represents herself as a death of “Kaal” appeared like a dark night for demons. She is also addressed with the name ‘Kali Maa’. Her huge red eyes, open red tongue and a sword in the hand fiercely demolish demons.
She is a remover of all the evil powers and thus is called by the name of Kalratri.

You should give Jaggery (Brown Sugar) or sweets made with
jiggery as an offering.
Day 8
The eight manifestation of Goddess Durga is Maha Gauri, worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. Maha Gauri is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. When Parvati observed a hard sacrament to obtain Lord Shiva in the forest of Himalayas, she developed a harsh complexion. When Lord Shiva accepted her great devotion, he washed the body of Parvati with water of “pure Gange” or “Ganga” and her body regained its beauty. She came to be recognized as “Maha Gauri”, meaning “extremely white” and became prominent as the consort of Mahadev(Lord Shiva). Devi Gauri is bright, peaceful and calm and her beauty glows like sparkling White Pearl. The single ladies get blessed with the desired husband and married women enjoy peaceful, pleasant and long married life. 

It is believed that donating Coconut to the Brahmans on this day bless childless couples with a child.

Day 9
The ninth manifestation of Goddess Durga is Siddhidatri, worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Maa Siddhidatri has supernatural healing powers. This Goddess offers
 all types of Siddhi (perfection) to her devotees and thus is recognized as ‘Siddhidatri’. She is always in a heavenly, happy and charming pose. She has four arms and sits on a lotus. Her arms hold Gada (bludgeon), Chakra, Shankh (scallop shell) and lotus flower.

 Mata Siddhidatri is the Goddess of all Siddhi. She is offered Til (Sesame Seeds) as an offering.

Bhrami (Bacopa) literally means "one which expands consciousness." In the ancient times this was also known as Divy (Divine herb) and is closely associated with Saraswati the goddess of Wisdom. Brahmi is largely treasured as a revitalizing herb used by Ayurvedic medical practitioners for almost 3000 years. The herb has been mentioned in several Ayurvedic treatises including Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita since the 3rd century AD. In addition to being a well-known Nootropic herb for centuries, it has also been used as an antispasmodic, alterative, astringent, cardio tonic, diuretic, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic and antiepileptic agent.

Kaya Kalpa

              The enlightened masters prescribe a treatment called ‘Kaya Kalpa’, where ‘Kaya’ means the body and ‘Kalpa’ means transformation or rejuvenation. After going through a  Kaya Kalpa treatment with fresh Brahmi leaves, juice, and fresh cows milk for 45 days, one regains a body to its pristine youth and vigor, re-establishes the full potential of the senses and imparts good health. It prolongs as well as improves the quality of life. It resets the body to the natural balance of all three doshas, and brings the function of sapta (seven) dhatus to a normal condition and cures many incurable diseases.

Case Study

              A study is reported on the effects of Brahmi Bacopa on human memory. Seventy-six adults aged between 40 and 65 years took part in a double-blind randomized, placebo control study in which various memory functions were tested and levels of anxiety measured. There were three testing sessions: one prior to the trial, one after three months on the trial, and one six weeks after the completion of the trial. The results show a significant effect of the Brahmi on a test for the retention of new information. Follow-up tests showed that the rate of learning was unaffected, suggesting that Brahmi decreases the rate of forgetting of newly acquired information. Tasks assessing attention, verbal and visual short-term memory and the retrieval of pre-experimental knowledge were unaffected. Questionnaire measures of everyday memory function and anxiety levels were also unaffected.

The soothing effects on the nervous system as well as its mind enhancing capability are legendary. According to Dr. Frawely, it is the most important Nervine herb used in Ayurvedic medicine; it improves memory and aids in concentration. It revitalizes the brain cells by removing toxins and blockages within the nervous system while at the same time having a nurturing effect. Brahmi, which grows in the Himalayas, is an important food for yogis practicing meditation.

A one-month, limited clinical trial on 35 patients with diagnosed anxiety neurosis demonstrated that administration of Brahmi syrup (30 mL daily in two divided doses, equivalent to 12 g dry crude extract of Bacopa) resulted in a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms, level of anxiety, level of disability, and mental fatigue, and an increase in immediate memory span. Other changes noted were increased body weight, decreased respiration rate, and decreased systolic blood pressure.

According to classical texts, Brahmi can safely be used during pregnancy to help both the mother and the fetus to be strong and sattvic. Also following delivery, the child may be given a honey-sweetened confection prepared with Brahmi to promote intellect.

In an article about in the process of an alchemical change in your body utilising herb Eclipta Alba plays the accumulation part of the iron components to the system and Bhrami plays the role of accumulation and transformation into copper and following article results validate the fact.

Copper is critical for the Central Nervous System (CNS) development and function. In particular, different studies have shown the effect of copper at brain synapses, where it inhibits Long Term Potentation (LTP) and receptor pharmacology. Paradoxically, according to recent studies copper is required for a normal LTP response. Copper is released at the synaptic cleft, where it blocks glutamate receptors, which explain its blocking effects on excitatory neurotransmission. Results indicate that copper also enhances neurotransmission.

Bacopa is the herb in Hi-Memory Formula

 Cited articles.

Dr. David Frawley , Dr. Vasant Lad, Yoga of Herbs. Lotus press 2001, 239-241.

Singh RH, Singh L. Studies on the anti-anxiety effect of the Medyha Rasayana drug, Brahmi (Bacopa monnieraWettst.) – Part 1. J Res Ayur Siddha 1980;1:133-148.

Dr. Marc Halpern, Clinical Ayurvedic Medicine. California College of Ayurveda, sixth edition, September 2012, pp. 2-47; 5-25, 33.

Schlief ML1, Gitlin JD.Copper homeostasis in the CNS: a novel link between the NMDA receptor and copper homeostasis in the hippocampus. Mol Neurobiol. 2006 Apr;33(2):81-90.


Sage Durvasas performed austere penance to bring wealth and auspiciousness to all and received a garland as a gift. He was instructed to hand over the garland to Indra king in the heavens. It contains the very essence of auspiciousness (shri) and prosperity. 

Guard it well! Indra leans down and takes the garland. He offers a respect and offers an absentminded salutation to the sage. Then, without waiting until he is out of sight, he drops the garland around his elephant’s neck. 

Durvasas stands for a moment, shocked at Indra’s carelessness with what, after all, was a divine gift. Then he utters a curse. “Just as you dishonored auspiciousness, auspiciousness will abandon you,” he says. 

The moment Durvasas speaks, every flower in Indra’s kingdom wilts. Every tree droops. The garland, you see, was the form of Lakshmi herself, the goddess of abundance, auspiciousness, and all-around goodness. Her flowering form represented the flowering of the natural world, and the sage had offered it freely to Indra. When the king of the gods dropped the garland so carelessly around his elephant’s neck, Lakshmi simply disappeared from the three worlds. 

With her went beauty, fertility, and the luster of every realm and every being. It wasn’t just that the crops stopped growing. Every form and expression of goodness dried up like an abandoned lake. Prayers and sacrifices stopped; the sages no longer had the will to perform them. People stopped giving gifts, or offering food in charity, or helping their neighbors. No one cleaned the roads. Parents became indifferent to their children, and couples quarreled bitterly with each other. Rulers forgot to consider their people and raised taxes mercilessly. But because no crops grew, the taxes went unpaid. Even the sun and moon dimmed, and a dull cloud lay over the earth. That’s how it goes when the power of auspiciousness leaves the land. 

The moment Indra, in his pride, insulted the goddess Lakshmi, he realizes what happened. Lakshmi is not a goddess to roar, or to complain, or to draw a sword. But she does not stay where there is pride or harshness. When she is displeased, she simply leaves, and with her goes everything that makes life sweet.  

Lakshmi will always be associated with Kumkum , Turmeric is the important ingredient in it. Turmeric and lime together makes Kumkum. Turmeric is very beneficial. It has phenomenal benefits. It creates a certain vibrance around you, which changes the nature of the aura and it creates a certain glow. Turmeric not only works on the physiology, but also has a big impact on your energy system. It purifies the blood, body and energy system. 

Day 4 

Kushmanda, the fourth manifestation of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on the Navratri Chaturthi. She is considered to be the creator of the universe. Her name comprises of “Ku-shm-anda” meaning “the cosmic egg.” The fourth day of Navratri also marks the beginning of worshipping MahaLaxmi. Legend says that Lord Vishnu was able to start the creation of the universe when Devi Kushmanda smiled and moved away. She created the whole universe when there was no existence of any creation and there was eternal darkness in every direction.  

She is offered Malpua (sweetened Pancake) as BhogShe will improve the intellect and decision-making ability.  

 Day 5 

The fifth manifestation of the goddess Durga worshipped on Navratri panchmi is ‘Skanda Mata’, the mother of Skanda Kumar or Lord Kartikeya Lord Kartikeya was chosen by devtas as their commander in chief in the war against the demons.  She usually holds Lord Skanda in his infant form and a lotus in her right hand which is slightly raised upwards and  called as Padamasani 

Banana is offered to the Goddess. Offering Banana to the goddess keeps your physique healthy.  

 Day 6 

 According to a legend, there was a sage named Kat. His son “Katyayana” observed a hard penance and long austerities to receive the grace of the Goddess DurgaKata was very famous and renowned in the ancestry of saints. The Goddess was pleased with the hard penance of Maharishi Katyayana and took birth on the earth in the form of the daughter of Sage Katyayana. Sage Katyayana had the first privilege to worship her, so she was also named Katyayani after him. 

Offer honey on 6th day. It is symbol of health and sweetness. 


On Tuesday, October 13th, many in India give a sigh of relief for divine intervention. It is the time of the year when the pressure valve comes off the tank and new freedom is in sight. In fact, an emotional release of pent up feelings, concerns and worries can be felt by anyone who taps into the energy of Navaratri, the 9 Nights of the Goddess. 

Whats really happening? The mythological, abbreviated version of the story is that there was a bad person who was causing a lot of  trouble on Earth.   No man could defeat him – it was a troubling time.  However, there was one being who could destroy him – a divine female warrior named Durga– an energy so ferociously protective and out of love, She would do anything to shield Her children.  The Goddess, over 9 Nights fought the bad man and finally killed him. 

Many believe the story took place and honor the female warrior twice a year.  Each day there is a different transformative energy available.  If ever you were in the right place at the right time…with the right Herb this is it! 

The Siddhas believe that transformation comes when the timing is right and the meditation is right and the herb is right.  Hi–Health Formula is the right herb.  Turmeric is around all Goddess deities in India and the saints from long ago must have known that this herb will call the positive feminine energy like no other.  In fact they actually build their statues in Turmeric – that’s how divine this beautiful orange –gold root is! 

The first three nights of Navaratri honor the goddess forms of Durga in order to destroy all of our impurities and vices. 

Day 1. Shailputri is first among the nine embodiments of Goddess Durga and is worshiped during the first day of Navratri. Her glory is incredible. She is the goddess of purity. With her veneration, Navratri is given an auspicious start. She is also a form of Mother Nature. 

Hi-Health Formula and purity! Turmeric is a powerful purifier of the Physical Body.  Phonemes (sounds) strengthen and clear our Energy Body from unhealthy energies we pick up from other and our environment. Purifying your energy body returns power to your purpose and destiny. Reset yourself with the herb for Mother Nature on the night that the goddess of Mother Nature is celebrated.


Day 2. Brahmacharini is celebrated on the second day and signifies love, affection, and loyalty.  

 High-Health Formula gives you faith in yourself and others.  Formulated for the 3rd Chakra of the Navel, the herb if used correctly will fight feelings of inadequacy and remove barriers to bring forth new confidence in loving those around you. 


Day 3. Chandraghanta symbolizes beauty and bravery.  

 Hi-Health Formula brings bravery to your body mind.  Turmeric's powerful ingredient curcumin fights bloating and inflammation, which when un-treated, throws the body mind into a compromised state and can breed feelings of giving up. 

Join us in celebration of Navaratri! Tradition says that worship of the Goddess Durga "Will bestow on you wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge and other potent powers to cross every hurdle of life" (About Religion).

Ancient Siddha texts reveal that Turmeric has the ability to cleanse the Chakras.They also cleanse the Subtle body, this facilitates the ability to perceive subtle energies.
Our body contains 72,000 nadis (Meridian Channels –invisible ) Turmeric cleans them so we can have a free flow of energy in the system.
In India especially South India Turmeric is always associated with women hygiene and health products. There is close relationship between Turmeric and estrogen cycle because they have a chemical component called Curcumin a phytoestrogen molecule- weak estrogen mimicking molecule present in plant source.
In spiritual terms Turmeric helps you to connect to the divine feminine aspect of your higher self. Turmeric is also associated with awareness of prosperity and it helps to cultivate the feelings towards it.
Experience the benefits of Turmeric for yourself; try our Hi-Health Formula.

Dr. Baskaran Pillai founded Nambu Botanicals in 2014 - an innovative herbal company, with natural products aimed at improving all areas of life, even in areas beyond physical health.

Our products positively influence and transform how we think and create - money, relationships, spirituality and yes, of course, physical health too. You will even manage your time better.  The company’s products catalyze physical and energy body change by creating products with special herbs and sound frequencies.  We all manifest what we think and Nambu changes the pathways of our mind to think from our higher minds.

Dr. Pillai is a Spiritual Scientist, Academic Scholar, Philanthropist, International Speaker and World Thought Leader who is deeply committed to helping people across the globe to realize their full human potential.

He is emerging as the most progressive and innovative source of self-advancement knowledge, tools and practices, living on our planet today. He has been featured in the Time Magazine for having millions of views of his free teaching videos on YouTube and was voted as the "YouTube Guru" in 2008. Tens of thousands of people have already experienced massive shifts in their lives as a result of practicing his Siddha Sound Technologies.

Dr. Pillai has been a speaker for the United Nations Conference of World Religions and the World Knowledge Forum, and has hosted forums on Religion and Science.

Dr. Pillai knows that the Wisdom of the Siddhas and Modern Science do not provide a complete understanding on their own. So his teachings are geared to bring both streams of knowledge together, to form a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of reality. He often quotes Einstein: "Science without Religion is lame, Religion without Science is blind."


His scholarly background includes a Masters Degrees in English Literature and Comparative Literature from Madurai University, and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where he was both a teaching fellow in the Department of Religious Studies, and Coordinator of Indian Studies program for the Department of International Studies.

Dr. Pillai is an Enlightened Master from the South Indian Siddha tradition, an unbroken ancient lineage of spiritual scientists who have reached the pinnacle of human evolution.

What is a Siddha?

To understand who Dr Pillai is, it might be necessary to understand who or what is a Siddha? “Siddha” in the Tamil language means "one who is accomplished” and is a term used for referring to perfected masters who have achieved the ultimate physical as well as spiritual perfection or enlightenment. Some consider Siddhas to be the Guardians of Mankind.

The word “Siddha” is also used to refer to one who has attained a "siddhi" or paranormal ability. In its pure form, siddhi means "the attainment of flawless identity with reality or perfection of spirit."

A Siddha has an evolved consciousness that is able to transcend the limits of time and space and travel multi dimensionally. What is defined as a "miracle" in the Earth plane is the usual order of things in the higher dimensions. Miracles become possible every day in your life through the Mind Science Techniques of the siddhas. In many traditions this is seen as "On Earth as it is in Heaven".

Siddhas have become perfected beings by attaining physical immortality. This is usually accomplished only by persistent meditation practices. A Siddha may sometimes not have a body but resides as a soul in a different plane of consciousness. A Siddha can however, take a physical form and be present on the Earth plane either for an entire human lifespan, or temporarily to give divine information or guidance to humans.

A Siddha Guru can initiate disciples into Mind Science techniques with "Shaktipat" or transmission of spiritual energy. This type of spiritual initiation can result in instantaneous transformation. During an Initiation the Master/Guru is giving you his energy as a Seed. The Seed energy or power of the Master is given to you for an intended result.

Previously, initiation from a true Siddha Master was very hard to come by, with seekers often spending decades performing difficult austerities to get just one little gem! Needless to say, Siddha Techniques have been taught only to a few exclusive individuals. However, once we crossed the threshold of entering into the Golden Age, Dr. Pillai is bringing this once very secretive science to the general public.

Dr. Pillai brings forth from His Lineage of the Siddhas, Sound Technologies and Meditation Techniques that are effective, practical and easy to use. Hundreds of thousands of people are benefitting from his unique blend of Science and Spirituality incorporating cutting edge scientific findings with wisdom from esoteric traditions from across the world. Dr. Pillai is creating a Meditation Movement like no other and One Minute Guide to Prosperity and Enlightenment.

Dr. Wayne Dyer lovingly dedicated his breakthrough book "Manifest Your Destiny" to Dr. Pillai, a.k.a. Guruji, for giving to Dr. Dyer the now famous "Ah" Meditation.


Dr Pillai created and continues to develop The Pillai Center (http://www.pillaicenter.com), an educational organization with the goal of enhancing human intelligence and positively transforming every aspect of life. Courses are offered on self-development in health, prosperity, relationships and spirituality.

Dr. Pillai is the founder of AstroVed (http://www.astroved.com), an organization which focuses on the propagation of the Vedic sciences, and offers spiritual technologies to bring about positive transformation in the areas of prosperity, health, relationships, career and inner growth.


As founder of the non-profit organization Tripura Foundation (http://www.tripurafoundation.org), Dr. Pillai is committed to abolishing extreme poverty. For over 20 years, Tripura's programs have been designed to eradicate hunger, educate children, and empower women & girls. Tripura's current "HoPE Centers" provide science-based, transformational tools based on the use of phonemes, through educational programs to its 80 plus centers serving underprivileged children.

Tripura has built sustainable, environmentally friendly housing for the poorest of the poor, replacing slum dwellings with beautiful homes. Tripura Foundation also sponsors Boystown residential facility for impoverished boys, delivers feeding programs, and offers other relief programs around the world.

Eclipta alba is the herb in the Nambu Botanicals Enlightenment Formula.

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
Eclalbatin Antioxidant
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.

She is the Goddess of herbs and healing.  She is a miracle healer who heals people through her mantras, herbs and blessings.

She is Nambunayaki.

Dr.Pillai recounts one of his first memories of the Goddess from his childhood: “...I remember going to my family temple on my mother’s side. We had to really walk a long distance, because it was a jungle at that time, and then pass through a pool of water, like a lake......sometimes the water would be up to the chest and sometimes up to the neck. I remember all that, and that was my mother’s temple.”

Dr Pillai then goes on to explain “This Goddess came to this earth plane several billions of years ago. To make a long story short, when my mother was born, she almost died. My grandfather who was the village officer took my mother (who was then a baby) and my grandmother and left them both at this Nambunayaki temple for a month. He told the Goddess “Now this baby is not going to survive. It is up to you to see whether to keep the baby alive or not, I have surrendered. If the baby survives, she will be called Nambu!” Suffice to say, the baby was healed.

Years later when Dr. Pillai decided to create a herbal company with a difference, he decided to name it Nambu Botanicals, in honour of the Goddess.

Beth Desmaris, who is an American student of Dr. Pillai, is the co-founder of Nambu Botanicals.  Beth has been fortunate to form a close relationship with the Goddess Nambunayaki, and has nurtured and developed her own healing abilities through empowerments, diligent spiritual practice and direct transmissions from the Goddess. Very aptly, Beth’s spiritual name is also “Nambunayaki”!

Dr. Pillai’ has also revealed a story passed down orally through the generations about his family temple -- it goes like this:  The land surrounding the temple had several springs that were known to have medicinal value. Long time ago two sages gained many powers during their practices of purification at the temple and started to provide healing to people who came to them for help.   It is said that they remain there to this day in their ethereal bodies, serving those who need help.

It is also said that a king became ill and made the long trek to the temple hearing of the Goddess and her power to grant miracle healings. His brothers mocked him but he did not lose faith in the Goddess.  He came in search of the Goddess and experienced a miraculous healing but strangely his brothers then fell ill.  There is a saying “Nambunayaki Vananginal Vambikai” which means “No problem to those who trust in Nambunayaki.”

Similarly you won’t be disappointed when you place your trust in Nambu Botanicals for healing body, mind and soul.

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