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, Eclipta Herb
Perennial herb, erect or prostrate, 30-40 cm. High Stems green or purple
bristly, thickened at the nodes. Leaves opposite, subsessile,
lanceolate-oblong, denticulate, hirsute, on both sides. Flowers white in
axillary to terminal head; the female radiated, the bisexual in the centre.
Achene 3-angled, slightly flattened.
Chemical Constituents :
Thiohene derivatives. The co-occurrence of mono-,di-and trithiophene
acetyless together with a-terthienyl in this species is noteworthy. The
petroleum ether extract of aerial of parts contains a terthienyl aldehyde,
ecliptal besides stigmasterol and B-sitosterol the aerial parts also contain
2 - an geloyloxy methylene- 5'-dithiophene, 5'-isovaleryloxy methylene-2
dithiophence. The root are very rich in thiophene acetylenes. They contain
the dithiophene derivatives 5'-seneocioyl oxymethylene 2-dithiopene, and 5'
tigloy -loxymethylene-2- dithiophen in addition to 2-5 thiophene.
Promotes hair growth, removes graying, balding, makes the hair darker. Make
a hair oil by boiling leaf juice in coconut oil. It is therefore widely used
in Shampoos, Hair oil. It cures skin diseases, premature greying. hair tonic
- Eclipta prostata as having the ability to "nourish and tonify the
Liver and Kidney yin," specific for "Liver and Kidney yin
deficiency with dizziness, blurred vision, vertigo and premature graying of
the hair." Additionally, it is used within Chinese Traditional medicine
to "cool the blood and stop bleeding" and for "yin deficiency
patterns with bleeding due to heat in the blood, with such symptoms as
vomiting or coughing up blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool, uterine
bleeding, and blood in the urine"
The plant is bitter, acid acrid thermogenic, alliterative,
anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic anodyne, vulnerary, ophthalmic, digestive,
carminative, haematic, diuretic, aphorodisiac, trichogenous,
debostruant,depurative and febrifuge and is useful in hepatosplenomeglay,
elephantiasis, inflammations, vitiated conditions of vata, gastropathy,
anorexia, helminthiais, skin diseases, wounds ulcers, ophthalmopathy,
debility, hypertension, strangury, leprosy, pruritus, fever, jaundice,
odontalgia otalgia and cephalagia. It is good for blackening and
strengthening of the hair, for stopping hemorrhages and fluxes, and for
strengthening the gums. The seeds are good for increasing sexual vigour.