E. prostrata Roxb.
Throughout India, up to 2,000 m on the hills.
Trailing Eclipta Plant.
Bhringaraaja, Bhringa, Bhringaja, Bhrngaaraka, Bhrngaara, Maarkava, Kesharaaja, Keshranjana.
Deobstruent, antihepatotoxic, anticatarrhal, febrifuge. Used in hepatitis, spleen enlargements, chronic skin diseases. Leaf—promotes hair growth. Its extract in oil is applied to scalp before bed time in insomnia. The herb is also used as an ingredient in shampoos.
As hepatoprotective. (Indian Herbal Pharmacopoeia; The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India.)
The herb should be dried at room temperature under shade. Its active principles are lost due to aerial oxidation during sun drying or drying under reduced pressure below 40°C. The herb contains wedelolactone and demethylwedelolactone, which showed a dose-dependent effect against CCl4, d-galactosamine- or phalloidin-induced cytoto...