Family Name: Papilionaceae
Botanical Name(s): Psoralea Corylifolia
Popular Name(s): Babchi, Bakuchi, Babchi Seeds, Bavachi,
Bavanchalu, Bavanchi Bavchi, Bhavanchi-vittulu, Bawachi, Bhavaj,
Bobawachi, Bogi-vittulu, Hakuchi, Kantaka, Karpokarishi, Karu-bogi,
Krishnaphala, Latakasturi, Somaraji, Sugandha kantak, Vabkuchi, Vakuchi,
Parts Used: Seeds
Habitat: Found in southern Africa.
Description: Psoralea pinnata is an erect shrub or small tree,
which grows up to 4 m high, with blue, lilac and white, pea-shaped
flowers. The leaves are compound and are composed of several pairs of
leaflets and a terminal one. The leaflets are 50 mm long and 3 mm wide
and are aromatic when crushed. The pea-flowers are borne at the ends of
the branches or in the axils of the upper leaves.
Uses: This herb has been considered by Ayurveda doctors to be so
effective in the treatment of leprosy that it was given the name of
'Kushtanashini' (leprosy destroyers). The powder from the seed is used
to treat leprosy and leucoderma internally. It is also applied in the
form of paste or ointment externally.