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Photo: False daisy

  
Botanical Name : Eclipta prostrata
Common Name : 
False daisy
Distribution :
India, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Brazil,United States.
Description :
Eclipta plants can grow either prostrate (flat) or erect (upright) up to 36 inches tall. Seedling leaves are ovate to egg-shaped with short, toothed margins.  Older leaves are opposite and lanceolate long and narrow with toothed margins. Stems are reddish-purple with short, flat, up-turned hairs. Eclipta has round flowers that are green early then white with short rays
Action : 
.It is used to treat cirrhosis, hepatitis or enlargement of spllen and the liver. It is also useful in anaemia, skin disorders, headache, insomnia and mental disorders. It has restorative properties that can help assist in the treatment of premature greying of the hair, alopecia and balding. It work as a general antiseptic and astringent oral mouth washfor infected gums and loose teeth. It helps in maintaining and rejuvenating teeth, bones, hearing, memory and sites.

Eclipta prostrata False daisy flower

 

 
Part used : Leaf, Stem, Root.
Chemical components : 
The herb Eclipta prostrata contains mainly coumestans i.e. wedelolactone (I) and demethylwedelolactone (II), polypeptides, polyacetylenes, thiophene-derivatives, steroids, triterpenes and flavonoids.
 
Therapeutic uses : The leaves, stems and roots of Eclipta Alba, a member of the sunflower family, have beenPhoto: False daisy stem used for thousands of years by traditional healers to treat diseases such as liver cirrhosis, jaundice, gallbladder problems and hepatitis. Ecliptas 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.
Eclipta has a Keshya effect, meaning that it directly nourishes and improves the hair. It is especially good for the liver, which is governed by the subcategory of Pitta called Ranjaka Pitta. Ranjaka literally translates as "that which colors", and explains the ability of Bhringaraj to balance and improve hair color from within. By improving liver function, Bhringaraj also helps to remove and prevent impurities (Ama) throughout the body. Oil is excellent for scalp and foot massage, promoting healthy hair growth and deep sleep. Roots and leaves stimulate the flow of bile into the intestine. The root is used as an emetic and purgative (laxative). The leaf juice is used as a liver tonic. It is believed to prevent aging, maintain and rejuvenate hair, teeth, bones, memory, sight and hearing. It is a rejuvenative for pitta, kidneys and liver. The root powder is used in Ayurvedic medicine for hepatitis, enlarged spleen and skin disorders.

Cosmetics and Toiletries: The herb is used as hair tonic, the oil removes greying, balding, makes the hair darker. (Make hair oil by boiling leaf juice in coconut oil). The hair blackening action of the herbs might be based, in part, on a doctrine of signatures. The eclipta plant, when broken, exudes a blackish sticky juice.
Photo: Eclipta chemical components

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Resources
:
- Lavit KHAM  B.Sc (Chemistry),B.Pharm, MPS,MAACP, MNHAA
Medicinal Plants of Cambodia Habitat, Chemical constituents and Ethno botanical Uses
Bendigo Scientific Press   ISBN 0-646-43703-8  / 9780646437033
- Somanith BOUAMANIVONG & Onvilay SOURIYA Ministry of Health, Traditional Medicine Research Center, Editor Prof. Dr. Bouhong SOUTHAVONG, Vientiane 2005.
- Lily, M. PERRY. Medicinal Plants of East and Southeast Asia, London, England 1978
- WHO Regional Publications, Western Pacific Series No 2
- Jules VIDAL, Noms vernaculaires de plantes (LAO, MEO, KHA) 1959
- Medicinal Plants in China 1989
- C. Pierce SALGUERO A Thai Herbal, Traditional Recipes for Health and Harmony, 2005
Silkworm Books www.silkwormbooks.info   ISBN 974-9575-74-1 

Acknowledgements:
- Dr. Sabine WILKINS Plant Physiology & Dr. Pauline Mc CABE Naturopathy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.
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Prof. Roger KING, Pharmacology Toxicology, Monash University, Australia.
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Chea SOK MENG, Cambodian pharmacist
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Prof, Ka SUNBAUNAT Cambodian psychiatrist, Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Phnom Penh.

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