Bákuchí, Babchi Seeds

Sanskrit: Bákuchí

baakucaI

Hindi: Babchi

English: Babchi Seeds

Latin :  Psoralea corylifolia Linn.

 

Part Used: Seeds

Habitat: Common herbaceous weed found in Ben- gal, Bombay, throughout the Indian plains

Energetics: Pungent, bitter-hot-pungent, bitter

VKP= (P+ in excess)

Tissues: Muscles, plasma, blood

Systems: Respiratory, circulatory, muscular, lym- phatic

Action: Aromatic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, an- tifungal, diuretic, diaphoretic, laxative, stimulant, aphrodisiac

Uses: A main herb fo skin conditions—especially leukoderma, psoriasis (used both internally and as an external paste or ointment), fevers, internal ulcers, bile conditions, improves the color of skin (including removing white spots), hair, nails; tones liver, spleen, and pancreas; impotency, frequent or involuntary urine, cold or painful extremities, joints, or lower back; difficulty breathing, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

Precautions: May increase Pitta when taken alone; do not take with low body fluids; do not use with licorice root

Preparation: Five grams powder twice daily be- fore meals with some coriander and honey (to taste); as an external paste

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