Bhringraj Eclipta Alba: Benefits, Usage, Dose, Side Effects

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. 

Botanical Name
– Eclipta Alba (L.)Hassk [EcliptaEclipta prostrata (L) L; Verbesina prostrate L;]
Family– Asteraceae

Home remedies

Bhringaraja Eclipta alba - flower

Few simple and effective home remedies of Bhringaraja re explained here below-


Throat infection

1. Bhringaraja fine powder with honey for throat irritation:
Dried bhringaraja is taken and fine powder is made and stored.  2-3 gram of this powder is mixed with honey and licked. This is effective in the treatment of cold, cough, throat irritation, anaemia, asthma etc.

Liver disorders

2. Fresh juice of leaves for liver disorders:
Whole plant is crushed to obtain fresh juice. This is taken early in the morning preferably in the empty stomach, in a dose of 10 – 15 ml. As per the need Bhumyamalaki (Phyllanthus indica) or Jeeraka (Cumin seeds) can  be added to this remedy.

Regular practice for 7-12 days helps significantly in the treatment of liver disorders and obstructive jaundice.

Sexual virility

3. Seeds soaked in water for sexual virility:
The seeds are collected and store immediately after the flowering, when it dries up, 2-3 pinch of this seed in soaked in sugar water and taken daily in the morning and evening. This helps to improve the sexual vigour and promotes the sperm count.

Chronic skin diseases

4. Bhringaraja (dry) decoction in chronic skin diseases:
The dry plant or coarse powder is taken and decoction is made. Daily this decoction is consumed in the dose of 20-40 ml twice daily. This has good benefit over the steroid resistant skin diseases and in psoriasis.

General method of decoction preparation is –
1 tablespoon (10 grams) fo coarse powder of the herb is added with 2 cups of water. Boiled in open air till the total content is reduced to 1 cup. This is filtered and used.
Read related: How To Make Bhringraj Oil For Hair Growth [Video]

Hair care

5. Bhringaraja traditional oil for hair care:
25 gram of Bhringaraja Kalka(paste), 100 ml of sesame or coconut oil and 400 ml Bhringaraja decoction or 200 ml of fresh juice are taken and oil is cooked. This is effective in dandruff, hair fall, premature greyness of hair, split hair etc.

Vernacular names

Hindi name– Bhangra, Bhangaraiya, Maka
English name – False Daisy
Kannada name – Garagada Soppu, Garga
Telugu Name– Guntagal Agaraku, Galgara
Tamil Name– Kayanthakarra, Kaikeshi
Marathi Name– Maka
Gujarati Name– Bhangaro
Punjabi Name– Bhangra
Bengali Name– Kesuriya
Malayalam Name- Jala Bhangara, Tekaraja
Arabic Name – Kadimulambit

Bhringaraj - Eclipta alba - leaf

 Sanskrit Synonyms

Markava – Prevent premature greying of hair 
Kesharanjana – helps to relieve grey hairs
Kesaraja – Good for hair
Bhringaraja – Helps to make the hair silky and shiny like that of peacock.
Bringahva – Plant attracts honey bee
Ravipriya, angaraka, Suryavarta, Pitrupriya.


Bh. Pr. Ni – Guduchyadi varga

Different varieties

In Raja nighantu three varieties are mentioned; White, yellow and blue.

  1. Shweta Bhringaraja (E..Alba) – white variety
  2. Bhringaraja (Wedelia calendulacea Less) – yellow variety.
  3. Bhringaraja( E. Alba?)
    Yellow variety is more commonly grown as a decorative herb. The white and blue flowered varieties are used as Bhringaraj, for medicinal use.


This herb is found throughout India, especially in marshy places. It grows rapidly in raining season.


Root – Branched
Stem – Herbaceous, aerial, erect, cylindrical, branched, hairy
Leaf – Ramal, and cauline, simple, opposite elliptical reticulate venation
Inflorescence -Capitulum
Fruits – Cypsela
Useful parts – Panchanga ( leaves, stem, flower, root, fruits

Major chemical constituents

Ecliptic, Wedelolactone, Des-me thyl wedelolactone, stigmasterol; Heptacosanol, Hentriacontanol, sixteen polyacetylenic thiophenes etc.
Ecliptin is the master constituent which makes the drug unique to apply in hair care as well in liver disorders and skin diseases.
The main chemical constituents of the plant are wedololactone, demethylwedelolactone; the other constituents are ecliptal, ß-amyrin, luteolin-7-O-glucoside, hentriacontanol, heptacosanol, and stigmasterol.

Medicinal qualities

  • Rasa (taste) – Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)
  • Guna (qualities) – Rooksha (dryness), Laghu (light to digest)
  • Veerya- Ushna – Hot potency
  • Vipaka- Katu – undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
  • Action – Kesya, Twachya, Krimighna, Swasahara, Netrya

Pharmacological Action


Effect on Tridosha

Because of its pungent, bitter taste, dryness and lightness, it balances Kapha Dosha. Because of its hot potency, it balances Vata. Hence, it balances Kapha and Vata Doshas.

Part used

Whole Plant

Sanskrit verse

bhringaraja - Eclipta alba

Bhringaraja benefits

(Correction – 7th line of verse, 4th word – Kushtanetra)
Akshirogahrut – useful in eye diseases
Dantya – improves strength of teeth
Tvachya – improves skin quality, useful in skin diseases
Keshya – improves quality of hair. Hence it is one of the prime herbs used in many hair oils, like Bhringamalakadi Tailam
Rasayana – rejuvenating, anti aging
Kasahara – relieves cough, cold. Hence Bhringarajasavam, a very famous medicine with Bhringaraja as main ingredient is quite commonly prescribed in respiratory infections, cold, cough etc.
Krumihara – useful in intestinal worm infestation and infected wounds
Shwasahara – useful in asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases
Kushtahara – useful in skin diseases
Shophahara – good anti inflammatory herb, relieves pain, swelling and redness.
Pandunut – useful in anemia, early stage of liver diseases. It stimulates liver.
Amanut – useful in indigestion, relieves Ama.
Shiro artinut – useful in headache
Chakshushya – useful in improving eye sight
Kesharanjana – useful in grey hairs
Vishaghna – anti-poisonous, anti-toxic
It detoxifies blood. Hence it is used as an ingredient in Maha Manjsihtadi Kwath.
The seeds are used for aphrodisiac therapy
Its paste is applied over the swollen areas of elephantiasis, abscess etc.
Its paste is also applied over wounds to reduce pain and to induce quick wound healing.
Its juice extract is used as eye and ear drops to relieve infection and pain.
It is used for Nasya (nasal drops), after mixing with goat milk, in grey hairs and headache.
Bhringaraja juice extract is administered along with castor oil to relieve intestinal worm infestation.

Learn how to make Bhringaraj hair oil

Bhringaraja juice extract – is administered for the purpose of rejuvenation, for a long period of time. While its administration, the patient is made to eat only cooked rice with milk. This helps to improve strength, immunity, fertility and life expectancy.


Fresh Juice 5-10 ml
Powder – 250 mg – 2 grams in divided dose per day, or as advised by Ayurveda doctor.


Hepato-protective activity of Eclipta alba (liver protective action)
Phyto-chemical standardization
Hair growth promotion activity

Side effects

Eclipta alba side effects:
There are no known side effects with this medicine in its regular dose.
It is used in medicines of pediatric conditions and in lactating mothers.
Pregnant mothers should seek doctor’s advice before taking this herb.

A side effect reported by reader:
About 3 weeks ago I bought this herb in 300mg per capsules and started taking 2×2 capsules a day. After one week I noticed swelling of first my first in the morning which then changed to swelling of my feet, particular my right one. I continued taking the capsules for another week before making the connection to the capsules. It was so bad that I had difficulties walking as my feet were so swollen. I’m a healthy and slim women, so this was very unusual. As soon as I stopped taking the capsules the swelling subsided and now two days later my feet almost back to normal.
Note by Dr Hebbar:
Eclipta alba capsule dose of 2 X 2 per day is slightly higher than the usual prescribed dose of 1 capsule (or tablet) once or twice  a day. So the above side effect can be noted as side effect on higher dose. However, it is worthwhile to know about its side effect on higher dose.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Ayurvedic Medicines

Bhringaraja taila, Bhringarajasava,
Bhringavaleha, Markava taila,
Shadbindu taila,
Bhringarajadi choorna,
Bhringaraja ghrita, Bhringamalaka taila,
Neelibhringaraja taila etc. are the few important formulations of this herb. Even though the leaves and stem are rich in medicinal principles whole plant can be used for medicinal purpose.

81 thoughts on “Bhringraj Eclipta Alba: Benefits, Usage, Dose, Side Effects”

  1. Hello, doctor. Whether bringaraj in tablets as a liver toner will approach? The matter is that I took a lot of medicine during treatment after a car accident. Now complaints fast fatigue, often bad mood. Thanks a lot, Sir.

    • Thank you, doctor! I am the doctor too (ophthalmologist), but unfortunately while I understand in an Ayurveda a little. The western medicine can treat (to supervise) chronic diseases, but not to cure. In an Ayurveda, as far as I know a situation with chronic diseases more favorable.

    • While I in search of the competent ayurvedic doctor to get to him on reception. I very much like approaches to diagnostics and treatment of diseases in the Ayurveda. While I am not able to afford to go to study to India, I have a family, small children. But everything is very interesting, as for traditional Indian medicine. I thank you, the sir.

  2. Hello Sravani,
    If your doctor has advised Bhringarajasav, then you can take it as per his advice.
    Baidyanath and Sandu company product is good.

  3. hello sir i am 20 i am loosing my hair from around 1 year and with in a span of one year i have lost my front hair so does i gain my hair by using bhringaraja

  4. sir , i have hair loss problem. do the tablet form is available in ayurvedic medical shop ??? if ,so much quantity have to be taken per day?

  5. Hi, if your hair fall cause is genetic, then bhringaraj powder or oil might not help to a great extent. However, it might help in reducing hair loss.

  6. Hi Doc,
    very nice and informative website!
    I am looking for Wedelia Calendulacea (which I believe it’s name was changed and is currently called Sphagneticola Calendulacea), the YELLOW variety of Bhangra?

    I am looking to find a source of the whole plant powder, for this plant. Can you advise what this yellow variety is called commercially in stores, and can you recomment an online store for it?

    Manny thanks,

    • Hi, sorry that I do not know the source for this herb. I am posting this comment so that other readers who might know the source of this plant could help.

    • You might have over-burnt it. Watch for the ending symptoms that I have explained in the video very carefully.

  7. how to use baidyanath’s mahabhringraj oil for nasya? is goat milk in necessary, and how much goat milk is needed?>

    • Dear sir,

      You can eat the leaves of the plant instead. You can incoporate the leaves of Bhringaraj in salads and eat them.

  8. Dear Madam,

    You can take the Powder of Bhringaraj 1 teaspoon daily with water. But it would be effective if applied externally on the hair.

    You can apply this mixture and try:

    > Make a powder of these and apply a paste of this adding luke warm water and apply on to the head and leave it for 20 minutes and wash off: Bhringaraj powder + Amalaki powder + Methi powder.

    Note: As we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician

  9. Hello! I am considering taking bhringraj powder internally for hair fall. I read one comment somewhere that it can impact hormone balance in women (increase estrogen, I believe). But the info was not written by a doctor so I wasn’t sure if it was correct. Can you let me know if it does have any effect on hormones?

    Thank you!

  10. Hi Dr.Hebbar,

    There are some companies which say that Bhringaraj calms Pitta as well, please can you put some light on it?

    Just want to be sure if a pitta person is able to take it for hair fall.

    Thank you

    • I have mentioned references from 4 traditional text books. None have mentioned it as Pittahara.
      But in case of hair fall, even a Pitta person can take it. It is not as hot as ginger or pepper, for example.

  11. Hello dr shall i use yellow flowered bhringraj to make hair oil? Which veriety is good yellow flowered or white?

  12. Hi can we whole bringaraj plant juice, I mean along with the can mix the stem n whole content in mixer n extract the juice n can we apply like that. Or do we have to apply level juice to hair please tell me

    • Hi, the juice extraction technique is correct.
      But this juice does not have shelf life. It needs to be used within one day only.
      The juice extract can be prepared and applied 15 minutes before hair wash. 2 – 3 times a week.

      • So you mean to say we can use whole body of bringaraj plant, along with leaves can b used stem and flowers. Hope i am clear

  13. Can we drink bhringraj powder daily at empty stomach. As I head below benefits of this

    1. Liver and Kidney disorder
    2. Hair scalp skin
    3. Milanin stimulation for gray hair

  14. Is bhringaraj the same as japapatti? Some herbal hair cleansers have japapatti listed as an ingredient. When I googled the term, only results for bhringaraj showed up.

  15. Hello, I have for the second time, a patch of alopecia areata – hair completely falls leaving small bald patch. Purchased bhringaraj oil and powder capsules. Should I take capsules while doing oil treatment, if so, how often & for how long? Thank you in advance.

  16. Very nice website and information, thank you Namaste.

    In regards to patient complication listed under herb information is it not possible that the capsule itself was not a cause of the response. Many gel capsules are not good for the body but the herb itself maybe fine. Powder or tablets are best and always quality and sourcing of herbs is most important.

  17. Sir I am becoming bald, my father have also baldness. If I try brighraj oil, is that work for me to grow new hairs?

  18. Sir,
    I am becoming bald i think because of my father also have baldness. So if I use brighraj oil, will it help to regrow my hairs?

  19. Is it possible that bhringraj can cause weight gain? I took it for about a week and noticed a gain of a few pounds. I’m also taking amla and got kola so not sure which may be causing the gain.

  20. I prepared the oil by boiling all the mentioned ingredients for hairfall control and pre mature white hair almost 70%.. bringraj, henna, amala, hibiscus powder in preparing the hair oil along with these Olive, almond, coconut, castor oils, curry leaves and onion. Suggest me on usage of this oil Sir.

    • You can use it as regular hair oil for daily usage.
      once or twice a day, apply a large quantity of oil on scalp, 1 hour before bath.

  21. Thank u for your reply! I have systemic iritis and someone told me to take karisalai karpam which is not available in canada but bhringraj is!

  22. Dear doctor,
    I follow your your tube channel and it is very informative . Thank you ?
    I have question – is it safe to mix bringraj and brahmi powder together and taking a tsp everyday? If yes how long we can take without any side effects? I want to take this for my hair loss problem . Will it be helpful?
    Thanks in advance


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