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.