In the Ayurvedic medical system, bhringaraj is regarded as a rasayana or longevity herb. Though many people use this herb to stimulate hair growth and avoid graying, there are other anti-aging benefits associated with bhringaraj. The herb helps to reduce excess kapha and vata. In Siddha Medicine, the leaves are used with ghee to disgorge phlegm lodged in the tongue and tonsils, one of the preparations for serious rejuvenation. The leaf extract is a powerful liver tonic but mild enough for children to take for biliousness associated with intestinal parasites. As those familiar with Ayurvedic medicine would expect, a liver herb will tend to have a positive influence on the eyes and skin as well as the liver and blood.
In the context of oral health and toxicity, Bhringaraj Extract has been offered for two main purposes. The first is that it helps to eliminate thick mucus and the second is that it promotes hair growth which, interestingly, is related to how the pineal gland works. When using bhringaraj for this particular purpose, it will tend to work better if the hair is not cut, even split ends should not be trimmed.