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What is Psoralea Corylifolia?

Psoralea Corylifolia, also known as Babchi, is a powerful medicinal plant revered in Ayurveda for its healing properties. Its seeds and oil are used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and vitiligo. Rich in antioxidants, it's a natural remedy that's been trusted for centuries. Intrigued by nature's pharmacy? Discover the visual journey of Psoralea Corylifolia in our enlightening article.
Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Psoralea corylifolia is also known by its common name, babachi, and its Hindi names, bawchi or bemchi. Although it is classified in some areas as a weed, it is primarily used as a medicinal herb in other areas, such as India. Generally, it is used to treat leucoderma, a fungal disease that causes patches of white pigmentation to appear on the skin. It is also recommended for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular issues, and a wide range of other problems affecting the skin.

The plant grows well in areas of Asia, such as India and China. It is rather vine-like and can reach heights of about 3 feet (.91 m). Psoralea corylifolia is characterized by a black fruit, a single seed, and a blue or purple colored flower.

The fruit of Psoralea corylifolia may be used to treat bronchitis.
The fruit of Psoralea corylifolia may be used to treat bronchitis.

Generally, all parts of Psoralea corylifolia are used for various purposes in homeopathic medicine. For example, the root is recommended to treat and prevent tooth decay. The leaves are often used to treat diarrhea. The fruit of Psoralea corylifolia is a diuretic, and it is often recommended to help stop vomiting. It is also used to treat bronchitis.

Some believe the oil from Psoralea Corylifolia seeds can cure skin diseases and improve a person’s complexion.
Some believe the oil from Psoralea Corylifolia seeds can cure skin diseases and improve a person’s complexion.

One of the most potent parts of the Psoralea corylifolia is the seeds. The seeds are used as a laxative and are often recommended for people with cardiovascular issues as well. In addition, the seeds are thought to be an aphrodisiac and a stimulant. The oil from the seeds is believed to cure skin diseases and improve a person’s complexion.

The fruit of psoralea corylifolia is used to treat bronchitis.
The fruit of psoralea corylifolia is used to treat bronchitis.

For centuries, Psoralea corylifolia has been recommended by holistic medicine practitioners to treat leprosy. Typically, a powder is created from the seed and formed into capsules to be consumed orally. In addition, the powder can be made into an ointment or a paste and applied to the affected skin area topically. Beyond treating leprosy, it has also been reported to remove the white pigmentation found on the skin of people affected with leucoderma.

Inflammation of the liver may occur as a result of an allergic reaction to the oils found in Psoralea corylifolia.
Inflammation of the liver may occur as a result of an allergic reaction to the oils found in Psoralea corylifolia.

A small percentage of people may be allergic to the oils found in Psoralea corylifolia. If an allergic reaction were to occur, the skin may blister and become overly sensitive to sunlight. In overdose situations, there have been reports of jaundice and inflammation of the liver. As with any remedy, it is best to consult an experienced practitioner prior to using it. In addition, dosage instructions should be followed and any side effects should be reported immediately.

Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to TheHealthBoard.

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Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to TheHealthBoard.

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    • The fruit of Psoralea corylifolia may be used to treat bronchitis.
      By: Piotr Marcinski
      The fruit of Psoralea corylifolia may be used to treat bronchitis.
    • Some believe the oil from Psoralea Corylifolia seeds can cure skin diseases and improve a person’s complexion.
      By: Valua Vitaly
      Some believe the oil from Psoralea Corylifolia seeds can cure skin diseases and improve a person’s complexion.
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      The fruit of psoralea corylifolia is used to treat bronchitis.
    • Inflammation of the liver may occur as a result of an allergic reaction to the oils found in Psoralea corylifolia.
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      Inflammation of the liver may occur as a result of an allergic reaction to the oils found in Psoralea corylifolia.