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Eclipta prostrate

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Vernacular NameBhringraaj, Bhangeri jhar


English NameYerba de tajo, False daisy, Trailing eclipta


Distribution:
Pantropical


Parts used:
Whole plant


Description:
Prostrate or sub erect herb about 0.3-0.6 m tall; often rooting at the nodes. Leaves opposite, sessile, 1-5 cm long, 0.4-1 cm wide, oblong to lanceolate, serrate towards the tip, narrowed towards both ends, hairy on both surfaces. Flowers head solitary, axillary, white. Fruit an achene, compressed.


Use:
Plant is astringent, cardiac tonic, diuretic, alterative, and febrifuge. Root is used to arrest vomiting and to cure filariasis. Decoction of roots and leaves is emollient; given is dysuria, diarrhoea, and dysentery and swelling or pain in stomach. powder of root with pepper is applied to toothache. Root paste is applied in rheumatism. Bruised leaves boiled in coconut oil are applied to ulcers and eczema. Plant is used as ferment for local beer. Root is chewed  in case of cough and cold


Application:
Juice or decoction


Reference:
AVS (Vol II) 1994; Joshi 2000; DPR 10, 2001; A Compendium of  Medicinal Plants in Nepal by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi 2006