False daisy's Relationship with Humans
Edible Uses - Tender leaves and young shoots - cooked and used as a vegetable. The leaves are also used in chutneys.
Medicinal Uses - This species is widely used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and in Ayurveda. It is considered to be the best remedy for the hair, an excellent treatment for a range of skin disorders, and is also used as a rejuvenator and liver tonic. The plant has been shown to contain isoflavonoids including wedelolactone and desmethylwedelolactone glucoside. In trials, the plant has shown moderate activity against a variety of animal cancers. Extracts have been used to treat carbon tetrachloride-induced liver damage. The whole plant contains the alkaloids nicotine and ecliptine as well as coumarin. It is astringent, deobstruent, depurative, emetic, febrifuge, ophthalmic, purgative, styptic and tonic. It is used internally in the treatment of dropsy and liver complaints, anaemia, diphtheria etc, tinnitus, tooth loss and premature greying of the hair. Externally, the plant is used as an oil to treat hair loss and is also applied to athlete's foot, eczema, dermatitis, wounds etc. It is applied to cuts, bruises and sores in order to stop bleeding and relieve pain. The plant juice, mixed with an aromatic (essential oil), is used in the treatment of catarrhal problems and jaundice. The leaves are used to treat fevers, eye diseases, asthma, bronchitis, liver problems, diarrhoea and weak bladder. A decoction is used to treat cancer. The leaves are used in the treatment of scorpion stings, and as an antidote for snake bites. The ground up leaves are rubbed on the head of infants as a remedy for convulsions, and are rubbed on the skin to make pigmented blotches on infants disappear. The leaves are also used to treat a range of other skin problems including cuts, sores, pimples, rashes and various diseases, including leprosy. The juice of crushed leaves is used in a decoction to wash the scalp for preventing hair loss. The stem and leaves are used to treat anaemia and dysentery. Aerial portions of the plant are reputedly effective in a beverage to remedy albuminuria. The roots are emetic and purgative. They are applied externally as an antiseptic to ulcers and wounds, especially in cattle. The flowers are used to treat conjunctivitis.