Herbs Guide


Family Name: Papilionaceae

Botanical Name(s): Psoralea corylifolia

Popular Name(s): Bakuchi, Bavanchalu, Bhavanchi-vittulu, Hakuchi, Latakasturi, Somaraji, Vakuchi

Parts Used: Seeds

Habitat: Babchi is widely found in India.

Description: Babchi is an erect herbaceous plant that possesses broad elliptic leaves. Its flowers are yellow or bluish purple in colour. The plant bears pods containing single seed.

Uses: Babchi has aromatic, anthelmintic, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, laxative and stimulant. It cures leprosy, leucoderma and psoriasis. The powdered seeds are applied externally to cure skin problems. Seeds are used to make perfumed oil also.