The scientific name of Touch-me-not: Mimosa pudica

Name of Touch-me-not in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Lajjalu, Raktamoola

English: Sensitive Plant, Touch-me-not

Hindi: Chui-mui छुई-मुई, Lajwanti लाजवंती

Tamil: தொட்டாச்சுருங்கி-Thottaccurungi

Malayalam: Tintarmani, Thottavadi തൊട്ടാവാടി

Plant description:

Touch me not (Mimosa pudica) is a creeping or trailing prickly herb, stems branching, slender grow to 1.5 m long, leaves are bipinnate, compounded and purplish green in colour and slippery while pressing, flowers are globose, pink, arise from the leaf axils, up to 10 mm diameter, fruits are in clusters of 2 to 8 pods, seeds are brown, 2.5 mm long.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Leaf Arrangement


Shape-Even pinnate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Medicinal uses: to treat respiratory, problems, Kapaha, wounds, blood purification, allergy

Chemical content: alkaloid, mimosine, antiproliferativeHow to prepare medicines:

Ayurveda uses Touch-me-not

Touch-me-not, scientifically known as Impatiens spp., is used in Ayurveda for various purposes. Here are some of its traditional applications:

  1. Skin Disorders: It is used for its potential to soothe and heal skin conditions like rashes, burns, and insect bites.
  2. Wound Healing: Touch-me-not is believed to have wound-healing properties and may be applied topically.
  3. Inflammation: It is used for its anti-inflammatory properties and may be applied to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  4. Digestive Issues: Some sources suggest that it may be used to address digestive discomfort.
  5. Respiratory Conditions: In certain formulations, it may be used for respiratory issues, although its use should be guided by a qualified practitioner.
  6. Urinary Disorders: It may be included in formulations to address certain urinary issues.
  7. Anti-microbial: Touch-me-not is believed to have antimicrobial properties, which can be beneficial in treating infections.
  8. Muscular Pain: It may be used topically for relieving muscular pain and discomfort.

It’s important to note that while Touch-me-not has a history of traditional use, scientific research on its specific Ayurvedic applications is limited. As with any herbal remedy, consulting a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using Touch-me-not for therapeutic purposes is recommended. They can provide guidance on proper dosage, preparation, and potential interactions with other medications or conditions.

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