Science of Herbs

Mimosa Pudica

Mimosa Pudica

Common Name: Lajjalu, Chhui-mui, Lajwanti
English Name: Sensitive Plant, Touch-me -not
Botanical Name: Mimosa pudica Linn.
Family: Mimosaceae

Description: Mimosa is usually a short prickly plant with its branches growing close to ground. It grows up to a height of about 0.5 m and spreads up to 0.3 m. The stem of mimosa is erect, slender, prickly and well branched. Leaves are bipinnate [10], fern like and pale green in colour with a tendency of closing when disturbed. These are quadri-pinnate, often reddish, leaflets 15 to 25 pairs, acute, bristly, usually 9 to 12 mm long and 1.5mm wide. Flowers of this plant are axillary in position and lilac pink in colour usually occurring in globose heads.

Chemical Constituents: Fresh tissues give nor-epinephrine, d-pinitol (3-mono-methyl ether of inositol), and b-sitosterol. Leaves contain alkaloids. An alkaloid mimosine has been isolated from the plant.

Properties: Fastens the wound healing process. Very useful in diarrhea (athisaara) Amoebic dysentery (raktaatisaara)and bleeding piles. It is mainly used in gynecological disorders.It has been said to have medicinal properties to cure skin diseases.

Used in the following MATXIN product:

  • Pileher ointment