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Vellai Karisalankanni/Bhringraj Plant


Binomial Name – Eclipta prostrata

  • Kingdom – Plantae
  • Family     – Asteraceae
  • Genus     – Eclipta
  • Species   – E. prostrata

Binomial Name – Eclipta prostrata

Vellai Karisalankanni/Bhringraj/கரிசலாங்கண்ணி/Eclipta Prostrata

Vellai Karisalankanni/Bhringraj is an important Ayurveda herb, widely used in hair fall treatment, liver disorders, skin diseases etc.

Its botanical name is – Eclipta alba. Its whole plant is used for various medicinal purposes.

The plant has traditional uses in Ayurveda. It is bitter, hot, sharp, and dry in taste.

In India, it is known as bhangra or bhringaraj. Wedelia calendulacea is known by the same names, so the white-flowered E. alba is called white bhangra and the yellow-flowered W. calendulacea is called yellow bhangra.

In Southeast Asia, the dried whole plant is used in traditional medicine, although there is no high-quality clinical research to indicate such uses are effective.


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