What is Mimosa Pudica? What are the Health Benefits, Uses and Side Effects of Mimosa Pudica Seeds? - 2022

What is Mimosa Pudica?

Mimosa Pudica , Hindi name is Lajwanti Beej, and some common names are, touch me not plant, sensitive plant, humble plant, shame plant, lajjlu, lajju, makahiya plant, mimosa plant, and shy plant.

It is a flowering plant and is mainly found in South America and India. Its leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm, and re-open a few minutes later that is why it is called touch me not or shame plant.

In Ayurveda Mimosa is described as tikta (bitter) and kashaya rasa (astringent) in taste and by potency, it is considered sheetla (cold). It helps to balance Kapha, and pitta doshas.

The plant has possessed antinociceptive, antiandrogenic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antitumor, antiulcer, antihyperglycemic, immunomodulatory, antifertility, diuretic, hepatoprotective, and wound healing properties.

Morphology of Mimosa Pudica 

Mimosa leaves, seeds, and roots are used for their medicinal health benefits in Ayurveda. 

Mimosa Pudica Flower

The flower of the plant is pink or purplish and arranged in small, fluffy, globular, or egg-shaped clusters.

The stems of this plant are prickly, and the leaves are fern-like with a ball-shaped pink color. The seeds of the plant are dark brown and in a flattened circular shape.

Mimosa Pudica Leaves

The leaves are beneficial in many diseases, it is used in the form of decoction or as a paste or powder for treating hemorrhoids, wounds, fistula, pink eye, toe infections, depression, insomnia, and hydrocele.

Mimosa Pudica Seeds

The seeds serve numerous health benefits and possess an earthy taste, it has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Mimosa seeds are excellent for the treatment of premature ejaculation, effective on impotency, support mental health and mood disorder, and urinary tract infection.

Mimosa Pudica Roots

The Mimosa Pudica roots are used for many traditional healings including snake bites, wound healing, and treating bleeding piles and ulcers.

It is also used for treating snake bites, diarrhea, smallpox, fever, ulcer, jaundice, hemorrhoids, asthma, fistula, and leukoderma. The roots are acidic, hard, bitter in taste and brown in color.

What are the Health Benefits, Uses, and Side Effects of Mimosa Pudica Seeds? 

Mimosa Pudica seeds are beneficial in various aliments, they improve digestion, treats respiratory disorders,  menstrual and urinary disorder, and skin disorder, and helps to eliminate the parasite. 

Mimosa Seeds have antifertility, anticonvulsant, antibacterial, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antioxidants, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. 

Here are listed some health benefits and uses of Mimosa Pudica

For Physical Weakness

Take 2 grams of Mimosa pudica seed powder with Lukewarm milk at night before sleep. This helps to reduce physical weakness.

To Increase Sperm Count

Take 5 grams of each powder mimosa pudica seed powder and rock sugar powder and mix it well. Take this powder with lukewarm water twice a day, helps o increase, sperm count.

For Piles

Take 1 gram of each Mimosa pudica root powder and leaves powder and mix with milk. Take this mixture with water twice a day. It helps to get relief from piles.

For Diabetes

Take 150ml water and mix Mimosa pudica or lajwanti powder. Boiled it and taken two times a day, helps to control diabetes and maintain sugar levels. 

For Asthma

Take 3 tablespoons of Mimosa pudica leaf powder with a hot cup of water. Take this every four hours, helps to expel cough and give relief from congestion. 

For Hydrocele

Make a fine paste of Mimosa pudica leaves and apply it over the affected area. It helps to get relief in hydrocele.

For Premature Ejaculation

Take an equal quantity of Mimosa pudica seeds and rock sugar and mix it well. Take 2 tablespoons of this mixture with lukewarm milk at night before sleep.

For Insomnia

Take 5 grams of Mimosa pudica leaf powder, boil it with a cup of water and strain it. Take this mixture at night before sleep. And see the magical result.

For Jaundice

Make a 5ml juice of Mimosa pudica with water and give it to the patient.

For Itching

Take a mimosa leaves powder or make a paste of leaves, mix it with sesame oil and apply to the affected area. It has anti-inflammatory properties which give relief from itching.

Side Effects of Mimosa Pudica Herb

It is best to avoid Mimosa Pudica during constipation and scanty periods, also seek your doctor's advice if you are on allopathic medicines.

Some Ayurvedic herbs may interact with allopathic or modern medicines. If you are advised for both medicines, take Allopathy medicine first, wait for 30 minutes, and then take Ayurvedic medicine.

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Here are some Side Effects of Mimosa Pudica

  • Consult the doctor if you are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take Mimosa Pudica without a doctor’s prescription if you are pregnant.
  • Do not take Mimosa Pudica, if you are suffering from any kind of critical disease.
  • If you are on diabetes or hypertension medication. Consult first the doctor before consuming Mimosa Pudica.
  • If you are above 65 years old and want to start Mimosa Pudica, consult the doctor, and talk about your health conditions.
  • If you are on any supplements, vitamins, or herbal medication, consult the doctor before taking Mimosa Pudica.
  • Mimosa Pudica may interact with other medicines like blood sugar or blood pressure allopathy medicines.

Note: This post is about educating the benefits and uses of Mimosa Pudica, consult the Ayurvedic doctor before starting.

Frequently Asked Question

Q - What is Mimosa pudica good for?

Mimosa pudica is used in Ayurveda for many years, its root, leaves, and seeds are used in the treatment of diseases, roots are used for snake bites, diarrhea, smallpox, fever, and seeds are used for premature ejaculation, impotency, mental health and mood disorder, urinary tract infection and leaves are used for hemorrhoids, wounds, fistula.

Q - What will happens if you touch Mimosa pudica?

Mimosa Pudica leaves are touch-sensitive that’s why it’s called touch me not plant. Its leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm, and re-open a few minutes later

Q - What is the other name of lajwanti plant?

Lajwanti botanical name is Mimosa Pudica and some other common names are touch me not, sensitive plant, humble plant, shameplant, lajjlu, lajju

Q - What is Mimosa plant used for?

Mimosa is a magical herb, its roots, leaves, and seeds are used in the treatment of health-related problems. It has antinociceptive, antiandrogenic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antifertility, diuretic, hepatoprotective, and wound healing properties.

It is used for the treatment of urogenital disorders, piles, dysentery, sinus, and wounds.

Q - How do you take lajwanti seeds?

Lajwanti seeds can be prescribed manner by the doctor, and the powder of mimosa seeds can be taken with milk, honey, or water. Here are some tips:

  1. Mix mimosa seeds powder with rock sugar and keep it in an airtight jar, consume it as per recommended.
  2. Soak the seed powder in lukewarm milk, or water for 10 minutes, consume it as per recommended.

Q - How to take Mimosa for joint pain and arthritis?

Mimosa is very effective in joint pain and arthritis, take 2 tbsp. spoon of Mimosa pudica leaves to powder and mix with water, make a paste. Apply it on the affected area overnight, you will notice that swelling goes down and pain will subside too.

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  • Priti Gupta on

    1. You can take mimosa seeds powder with water or milk, it is the easiest way to take this.
    2. Take ¼ teaspoon up to ( Or as recommended by the doctor) twice per day of the Mimosa seed powder with cold or hot filtered water, juice, smoothies, applesauce, yogurt, or your preferred drink.
    3. Yes, you can add honey, if you don’t have an allergy to honey.
    4. It depends upon the reason for using mimosa powder, some are listed in the post. Please refer “How to use Mimosa Seeds Section” of this post.

  • Anna Protheroe on

    Thank you for all the good information on your site. I would like to know a little more detail about how to take the mimosa pudica seeds please. Do you grind the seeds to make the powder and then soak it for 10 min before drinking? Is it alright to add a little honey to this mixture? Does one take it only at bedtime or can you also take one or more does during the day as well on an empty stomach? Thank you very much for your help; I really appreciate your time. Sincerely, Anna

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