Prickly Sesban

The scientific name of Prickly Sesban: Sesbania bispinosa

Synonyms: Sesbania aculeata, Aeschynomene aculeata

Family: Fabaceae

Name in different languages:

English: Spiny sesbania, Canicha

Sanskrit: Kitamu

Hindi: Dhaincha-ढैंचा, Ikad, Dadon, Daden

Tamil: mutcempai, uravi

Malayalam: Kilannu, Kedangu

Useful plant parts:

Seed, Stem, leaves

Plant description:

it is an erect, woody (partially), annual subshrub, grows to 7 m., fibrous, branches are soft pithy stems.The long leaves are bi-pinnately arranged, up to 38 cm long, compound, with 18–55 pairs of leaflets, 1.2–2.5 cm long, 0.3 cm wide, smooth, glaucous, and it bears purple-spotted small yellow flowers. the seeds are pods that contain light brown beans. Flowering: September–November.

Medicinal uses:

To treat inflammations, bacterial infections, internal ailments, ringworm, skin diseases, worms and tumors.

Prickly Sesban, scientifically known as Sesbania bispinosa, holds a significant place in Ayurvedic medicine. Here are some of its traditional medicinal uses in Ayurveda:

1. Digestive Health:
– Prickly Sesban is believed to aid digestion and is used to treat digestive disorders like indigestion and flatulence.

2. Respiratory Conditions:
– It is used in Ayurveda to alleviate respiratory issues, including coughs, colds, and bronchitis.

3. Anti-inflammatory Properties:
– The plant is thought to possess anti-inflammatory properties and is used to manage inflammation-related conditions.

4. Blood Purification:
– Prickly Sesban is believed to help purify the blood and improve overall blood circulation.

5. Liver Support:
– It is used to promote liver health and is thought to aid in detoxification processes.

6. Antimicrobial Effects:
– Prickly Sesban is used traditionally for its potential to combat various microbial infections.

7. Rheumatism and Arthritis:
– In Ayurveda, it is used to alleviate symptoms of rheumatic disorders and arthritis.

8. Diuretic Properties:
– It is believed to have diuretic effects, promoting the healthy flow of urine and aiding in kidney health.

9. Wound Healing:
– The plant is used externally to promote wound healing due to its potential antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

10. Fever Management:
– In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Prickly Sesban is used to help manage fevers.

11. Antioxidant Benefits:
– It is believed to possess antioxidant properties that help protect cells from oxidative damage.

12. Anti-diabetic Potential:
– Some traditional practices suggest its use in managing diabetes, although modern scientific research is ongoing.

Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner or an Ayurvedic expert before using Prickly Sesban or any other herbal remedy for medicinal purposes. They can provide guidance on dosage, preparation methods, and potential interactions with other medications or conditions.

Chemical content:

isoflavonoids such as isovestitol medicarpin and sativan, betulinic acid

Medicinal properties:


How to prepare medicines:

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