Mimosa pudica, known as the sensitive plant, is a creeping annual or perennial weed. We always pull it off because its a weed and the sharp torn causes scratches to our pretty feet. When touched or shaken, the compound leaves fold inward and droop almost instantly . They are shy indeed. Pudica means “shy”.
Befefits and How to Use
- The root is aphrodisiac and administered as a diuretic and used against dysentery and dysmenorrhea. However, it is emetic and poisonous in large doses.
- An infusion of the leaves is given for dysentery, and as a bitter tonic.
- The seeds are used for sore throat and hoarseness
- The entire plant in decoction is considered as an alterant and antiasthmatic.
- The leaves rubbed into a paste are applied to hydrocele , and also applied to glandular swellings.
- 1/10 decoction is given to gravel and similar urinary complaints. Useful in diseases arising from corrupt blood and bile
- The juice of the leaves is used to impregnate cotton wool for dressing in any form of sinus difficulty.
- The leaves and root in the powdered state are given with milk in cases of piles and fistula.
- The leaves are employed as a bath for pains of the hips and kidney.
- The juice is applied externally to fistulous sores.
- Recommended also for dysentery and diarrhea.