Botanical info and medicinal uses of Ecliptae Herba.
- Basic Botanical info and Identification of Ecliptae Herba.
- Eclipta prostrata Physical Characteristics.
- Cultivation details of Eclipta prostrata.
- Eclipta prostrata Phytochemicals and Constituents.
- Medicinal Uses of Ecliptae Herba.
- Traditional Functions and Notes of Ecliptae Herba.
- Pharmacological studies:Ecliptae Herba.
- Eclipta prostrata Quality control including chromatographic fingerprint profiling.
- Suggestions and Administrations of Eclipta prostrata.
- Research Update:Eclipta prostrata.
Medicinal Uses of Ecliptae Herba.:
Antiseptic; Astringent; Depurative; Emetic; Febrifuge; Ophthalmic; Purgative; Styptic; Tonic.
This species is widely used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and in Ayurveda. It is considered to be the best remedy for the hair and is also used as a rejuvenative and liver tonic.
The whole plant is astringent, deobstruent, depurative, emetic, febrifuge, ophthalmic, purgative, styptic and tonic. It is used internally in the treatment of dropsy and liver complaints, anaemia, diphtheria etc, tinnitus, tooth loss and premature greying of the hair. Externally, it is used as an oil to treat hair loss and is also applied to athlete's foot, eczema, dermatitis, wounds etc.
The plant juice, mixed with an aromatic (essential oil), is used in the treatment of catarrhal problems and jaundice.
The leaves are used in the treatment of scorpion stings.
The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and is dried for later use.
The roots are emetic and purgative. They are applied externally as an antiseptic to ulcers and wounds, especially in cattle.
Dye. A black dye is obtained from the plant. It is used as a hair dye and for tattooing.
Major use of Ecliptae Herba:
Anti-inflammatory: Used in hepatotoxicity, abortion and miscarriage, uterine hemorrhage, piles, insect bites, stings, swellings and other skin diseases.
Purgative, emetic, cholagogue: Dried aerial parts are used as purgative, emetic, cholagogue in Arabic Countries (Schmucker, 1969); against snakebites in China, for diarrhea in India, for asthma in Thailand.
Snakebites: Fresh aerial part are used to treat snakebites in Brazil (Martz, 1992), for headaches, it is ground in sesame oil and applied to the forehead in India (Nagaraju and Rao, 1990), for common cold in Panama (Solis et al., 1995)
Tuberculosis and as haemostatic: Entire plant is used for tuberculosis and as haemostatic in China (Duke and Ayensu, 1985), for inflammation taken with black pepper and raw sugar in India (Jain et al., 1994), to treat wounds (caused by walking barefooted during rain) in Nepal (Manandhar, 1993), to treat vesicles on the skin, plant is crushed and soaked for an hour in water. Extract is applied to affected area in Somalia, to treat leprosy, plant is crushed and mixed with oil, mixture is applied to skin (Samuelsson et al., 1992) and to treat Diabetes mellitus in Taiwan (Lin, 1992).
Treat epilepsy: Leaves are used to treat epilepsy in India, leaves are pounded with garlic and pepper if the patient is unconscious the extract is dropped into the nostril (Reddy et al., 1989), to treat stomach cancer mixed with Ageratum conyzoides, Spilanthes acmella, Vernonia conyzoides and jat, taken after meals in morning and evening in Indonesia (Hsu, 1967) and as an antiasthmatic, in colds, coughs, elephantiasis, hepatitis, splenitis, vertigo in Peru (Duke, 1994).
Insanity: Roots are used for insanity, four to five pills made from the root paste are given twice a day for seven days in India (Jain et al., 1994), for women after childbirth in Malaysia (Burkill, 1966), for jaundice, root plus seed of Ricinus communis are ground and paste is applied to eyes in India (Hemadri and Rao, 1984).
- 1.Botanical info and medicinal uses of Ecliptae Herba.
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