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.