|Latin Names||Eclipta prostrata (Linn.) Linn. syn Eclipta alba (Linn.) Hassk. (Asteraceae)|
|Sanskrit Names||Bhringaraja, Kesharaja, Kesharanjana|
|Hindi Names||Bhangra, Mochkand, Babri|
It is used by Hindus at the Shraddh Ceremony, being placed under and on the pinda. The Arabian writers follow the Indians in their description of the medicinal properties of this herb and call it Kadim-el-bint in Arabic. Mr. J.J. Wood suggested that Eclipta prostrata would be found eventually of greater service than taraxacum in hepatic derangements.
Common weed throughout India, ascending up to 6,000 ft. on the hills.
An erect or prostrate, much branched, roughly hairy, annual, rooting at the nodes; the leaves are opposite, sessile and lanceolate; the flower-heads are white.
The herb contains wedelolactone and demethyl wedelolactone.
The herb is used as a tonic and deobstruent in hepatic and splenic enlargements and in skin diseases. The plant juice is administered in combination with aromatics for catarrhal jaundice.The plant possesses antihepatotoxic and anti-inflammatory activities. The fresh plant is considered anodyne and absorbent.
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