English: Sensitive plant, Sikerpud, B.sensitivum
Sanskrit: Alambusha पंक्तिपत्र Panktipatra, झुल्लिपुष्प Jhullipuspa
Hindi: लजालू Lajalu
Malayalam: Mukkutty മുക്കുറ്റി, Nilamthengu
Useful plant parts: Whole plant
Little Tree Plant – Biophytum Sensitivum is an annual herb that resembles a miniature coconut palm, with branchless stems, that grows up to 30 cm tall. The leaves are numerous, dark green pinnately compounded, at the apex, sized 5 to 11 cm long, with 8 to 14 pairs of leaflets, oblong to ovate or curved. The flowers are tiny, yellow many, the sepals are lanceolate, and up to 7 mm long. Five petals are rounded with red marks, and flowering is August-January. The fruit is a capsule.
To treat headache, fever, dysentery, Vata and Pita disorders, hemorrhage, cough, urinal disorders, ulcers, and poison of insect bites. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, radioprotective, chemoprotective, anti-metastatic, anti-angiogenesis, wound healing, immune modulation, antidiabetic, and cardioprotective
Amento flavone, Cupres suflavone, and Iso orientin
How to prepare medicines: One of Dasapushpa’s daily uses of plant decoction can control diabetes. To control loose motion, ground whole plant mix with buttermilk and drink 3 times. Plant juice can be applied on wounds to cure and it is used for insect bites.
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