Junior synonym: "Eclipta alba".
Found in and near water, the plant has medicinal and cosmetic properties: if colors hair, grows hair back in cases of baldness, and has shown anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties in man and animals. Has also shown to be effective against snake venom.
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