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    Bakuchi (Psoralia corylifolia)

    Bakuchi -Psoralia corylifolia

    Bakuchi is commonly known as purple flame.  It is a very important drug in Ayurveda as it possesses so many medicinal values. The name Bakuchi denotes that a reputed drug or that which pacifies Vatadosha. The seeds of Bakuchi have white streaks inside hence got the name Somaraji. It is very useful in skin diseases particularly in Svitra (Vitiligo), so it is known as Kushtaghni.

     

    Dr. Gupta’s IAFA has been continuously working on Bakuchi plant for discovering more medicinal properties the plant. Our experts found out that the plant can act as a chemoprotective, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti inflammatory agent. The extracts of Bakuchi possess antitumor, antihyperglycemic, antidepressant, and antioxidant activities.  The water extract of Psoralia cordifolia possesses antibacterial property. Seed powder can be used asanthelminthic, diuretic, laxative agent. It can be used for healing wounds. Seeds of Bakuchi are used as stimulant, stomachic, aphrodisiac and diaphoretic. It is useful in the treatment of different kinds of disorders such as asthma, cough, nephritis etc. The phytoconstituents like psoralen and isopsoralen found in the plant Bakuchi have antibacterial, antiviral andantitumor properties. It is very effective in Alopecia areata and hair loss.

    Action of Bakuchi –Psoralia corylifolia in Allergies

    IAFA has been constantly working on Bakuchi to found out the antiallergic and antiinflammatory properties of the plant. The plant contains phytoconstituents like corylifolean, corylifolin, corylifolinin, bakuchicin, psoralidin, isopsoralidin, bavachin, isobavachin, bavachinin, bavachalcone and these helps in the aniallergic properties of the plant.

    Vernacular names and Classification

    Botanical NamePsoralea corylifolia
    FamilyFabaceae
    Native Names
    Sanskrit NameBakuchi, Avalguja, Somaraji
    Hindi NameBabchi,Bavachi
    English NamePsoraliaseed,Malaya tea, Purple flame 
    Malayalam NameKarkokil
    Kannada NameBavanchi, Banchige
    TelunguNameBavanchalu

    Ayurveda reference of Bakuchi –Psoralia corylifolia

    Morphology of Bakuchi–Psoralia corylifolia

    • A small erect annual plant
    • Stem – covered with white hairs
    • Leaves – simple, roundish,  toothed margin, glabrescent
    • Flowers – blue in colour, axillary and arranged in 10- 30 racemes
    • Seeds – black in colour having unpleasant smell, have white streaks inside.

    Geographical distribution of Bakuchi–Psoralia corylifolia

    Bakuchi is distributed in different parts of the world especially in tropical and subtropical regions like India, China, Southern Africa.It is found throughout India, especially in the Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh,Bundelkhand, Bengal, Bihar, Deccan, and Karnataka.This plant is also widely distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, especially China and Southern Africa.

    Phytoconstituents of Bakuchi–Psoralia corylifolia

    The plant contains phytoconstituents like flavonoids, such as corylifolean, corylifolin, corylifolinin, bakuchicin, psoralidin, isopsoralidin, bavachin, isobavachin, bavachinin, bavachalcone, isobavachalcone, 7-O-methyl bavachin, bavachromanol, corylin, corylidin, corylinal, 4-O-methyl bavachalcone, neobavaisoflavone, bavachromene, neobavachalcone, bakuchalcone, isoneobavachalcone, psoralone, isopsoralone, psoralenol, and psoralidin-2,3-oxide diacetate in seeds. Leaves contain raffinose, psoralen, and isopsoralen.   

    Parts used of Bakuchi–Psoralia corylifolia

    • Seed 
    • Seed oil

    Dosage of Bakuchi–Psoralia corylifolia

    • Seed powder 3-6 gms

    Medicinal Properties of Bakuchi–Psoralia corylifolia

    • Rasayani- Rejuvinative
    • Ruchya- Improves digestion
    • Kaphaghna – Alleviates Kapha
    • Rathapittahara- Useful in bleeding disorders
    • Hrdya – Good to heart
    • Svasaghna- Alleviates Asthma
    • Kushtaghna- Useful in skin diseases
    • Jvaraghna- Alleviates fever
    • Krimighna- Useful in worm infestation

    Home remedies of Bakuchi–Psoralia corylifolia

    In Ayurveda the treatment of different kinds of diseases are done by naturally availing non toxic drugs. We are continuously working on these plants to find out its pharmacological actions. IAFA have done so many studies on the plant Bakuchi and foud out that it has wide range of actions. Some of the home remedies are given below.

    • Kushta(Skin disease)– 4 gms of Bakuchi taken along with half glass of hot water and the patient is exposed to sunlight and kept on milk diet.
    • Vruna(Wounds)–  The paste of leaves of Bakuchi is applied over the wound
    • Keshya (Hair fall) – Leaves of Bakuchi made into paste and applied over hair and wash out after proper administration of it.
    • Krimi(Worm infestation)– 5 gm of bakuchi powder along with honey is taken internally for 3 days.
    • Kasa(Cough)– 3gm of Bakuchi powder is taken along with 5ml of juice from leaves of Vasa is taken internally for 5 days.
    • Sopha (Generalized swelling) – 3 gm of Bakuchi powder is taken internally along with hot water for 5 days.
    • Ama (Indigestion) – 6 gm of bakuchi powder is taken internally with honey for 2 days.
    • Indralupta (Alopecia areata) – Leaves of Bakuchi is made into paste and applied over affected area and remove after 20 minutes with luke warm water. 

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurveda Allergy Specialist

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