Ayurveda explains health benefits and uses of lajjalu or mimosa pudica. It is mainly used in female health disorders, diarrhoea, piles, wounds , bronchitis and impotence.
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Lajjalu or Mimosa pudica in ayurveda
The plant lajjalu which is described in ayurveda has been identified as Mimosa Pudica (sensitive plant) and belongs to family Leguminosae. This plant has different names or synonyms like
This plant occurs in more than 3500 varities (species). It is a small herb which grows in a very short span and considered as weed. It has pink flowers and leaves close when touched.
SANSKRIT NAME : Lajjalu (shy natured), Namaskaari (leaves fold in ‘Namaste’ posture) Shamipathra, Rekta Paadi, etc., in hindi chhuimui paudha, in tamil tottalavadi, in kannada muttidare muni gida or nachike gida, in bengali lajjavati, in gujarati reesamani, in english sensitive plant or touch me not plant
Botanical Description of Mimosa pudica
BOTONICAL NAME : Mimosa pudica
STRUCTURE: Thorny Shrub, grows upto 2-4 ft
Stems:- reddish-brown, prickly
Leaves:- immediately folding by pulvini if touched or jarred; pinnae 4, often reddish; leaflets 12-25 pairs, linear, acute, bristly; 9-12 mm long, 1.5 mm wide;
Flowers:- Pink attractive spherical flowers(1 cm in diameter) which exhibit radial symmetry. It has typical flowering head with stamens dominating as the attractive component of the flowers. Flowers are auxiliary and have peduncle up to 2.5 cm long Blossoms in rainy season
Pods:-Crowded, flat, prickly-bristly, indented between the few (2-4) seeds, to nearly 2 cm long.
HABITAT: Common in rather moist waste ground. First described in Brazil. Now wide spread in globe as tropical weed
In ayurvedic texts it has been described as
“ sparshaat sankochataam yaati punashcha prasruta bhavet ” -a plant which folds itself when touched and spreads its leaves once again after a while. Shushrutha has placed this plant in “Priyangwadi and ambhastadi “ gana.
Ayurveda health benefits and uses of lajjalu, or sensitive plant or touch me not plant or mimosa pudica
Lajjalu or sensitive plant has bitter taste ( tikta rasa ) and astringent taste( kashaya rasa ) . It acts as body coolant or cold (sheeta veerya) in nature. Mimosa pudica plant is very lite to digest (laghu) and dries up body tissues (rooksha). Due to these qualities it balances vitiated kapha dosha and pitta dosha.
KARMA (Action) :
Rakta Sthambhana (Enhances blood clotting),
Kapha pitta shamaka
Vrana ropana (heals wounds),
Pramehaghna (reduces the frequency of micturition),
The whole plant is used for medicinal purpose. Usually leaves, flowers, stems, roots and fruits (Punchaangha = 5 parts of plants) are used as medicines. But the root is mainly used.
MIMOSA or Chui Mui for PCOS:
It is mainly used in herbal preparations for gynecological disorders (yoniroga) . This plant is effective in female health disorders like excessive bleeding during menstrual cycle, menopause or in PCOS/PCOD (read Pcos/pcod medicines in ayurveda) . Lajjalu is also used in treatment of prolapsed uterus.
In Wounds (Vrana) :
It arrests bleeding and quickens wound healing process. Usually a paste of this plant is applied on wounds.
In diarrhoea (Atisara) and piles:
In male infertility and Erectile dysfunction:
Other Uses of mimosa pudica
Since it has body coolant properties it is used in conditions like nasal bleeding (Raktapitta)
It is also used in conditions like diabetes, bronchitis, asthma (shwasa), kidney stones and cystitis.
Ayurveda acharyas recommend this plant in burning sensation, as in gastritis, neuropathy, burning sensation in eyes etc (daha)
This herb is useful in fatigue and tiredness (shrama) .
It is recommended for inflammation (shopha) too.
Home Remedies with Mimosa Pudica
(please consult qualified ayurvedic physician before using these home remedies)
In kidney stones the decoction of root (40ml to 50 ml) is administered.
In diarrhea, bleeding piles and diabetes the decoction of this plant is given (30 ml to 45 ml)
For skin diseases like psoriasis, acne, pimple, fresh wounds, the paste of this plant is applied .
Paste of this plant is also used in prolapse of rectum and uterus.
Fresh plant juice is used in excessive bleeding during menopause.
Additional information about Mimosa Pudica or lajjalu
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matter: Thic plant is known as Chui Mui ( not Chuimui ) in Colloquial Hindi ( Main language in India) . The Name is given more s a matter of fun and jest. The word Chui means “touch” and Mui means “to die” . It means , if you touch it it will die of shame.
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