воскресенье, 11 марта 2012 г.

40. Bakuchi for a perfect Skin


            Psoralea corylifolia/ Purple fleabane/ Psoralea seeds/ Bavachi/ Babchi/ Psoralea

   Psoralea corylifolia is an important plant in the Indian Ayurveda  and Tamil Siddha systems of medicine, and also Chinese medicine. It grows throughout the sandy loamy plains of Eastern and Central India. Bakuchi means which pacifies Vata in the body.
Bakuchi are those little black seeds that are famous for their properties to heal skin disorders. The outer cover is sticky and has coumarins that have the therapeutic properties. Some of the common names are Babchi and Psoralea and Bakuci. There are many health benefits of this herb.
P. corylifolia extract contains a number of bioactive compounds that are the molecular basis of its action, including flavonoids, coumarins. Also a very high concentrations of the anticancer chemical genistein have been found in the leaves of Psoralea corylifolia.
Vitiligo, leucoderma or white patches, Bakuchi is the best medicine to be used internally as well as locally on these patches. Bakuchi is irritant on the skin and it removes the upper layers of the skin and brings healthy skin by improving the distribution of the melanin in the skin and cures this condition. Bakuchi helps skin to rejuvenate by working on the liver and removing the toxins out of the body.

Ayurvedic Benefits of Bakuchi:
It is used in ayurveda to treat the below problems:
  • It is used as Srotas i.e. channel for treating respiratory, circulatory, and muscular disorders.
  • It is also used to treat Dhatu i.e. tissue that includes the problems related to plasma, blood and muscles.
  • Bakuchi is also used to treat Guna i.e. quality of the body functioning.
  • It is used to treat Vipaka i.e. the post-digestive effect.
  Medicinal Health Benefits:
·         Dermatology:
Bakuchi is useful in skin diseases because it removes all toxins from the skin and revitalizes it. When used in tincture form, it heals alopecia. It even heals eczema, vitiligo, psoriasis in both oil and tincture form. It can be used both internally and externally. The oil of this herb acts as an irritant by stimulating the melanoblastic cells. This helps in normal pigmentation, which can take up to three months. Bakuchi powdered or oil used locally in leucoderma and dermatoses. Bakuchi can be used to stop bleeding and healing of wounds. Bakuchi improves hair growth.
·         Reproductive Benefits:
The most unconventional use of the Bakuchi is as an aphrodisiac where it works on spermatogenesis and helps in infertility. It is known to treat premature ejaculation and impotence. It mainly acts by treating urinary problems like incomplete voiding, dribbling, and enuresis, especially in children. It even treats uterine bleeding, which occurs due to any imbalance in the dosha.
·         Lungs:
Bakuchi due to its bio energetic property is good in treating respiratory discomfort like cough and asthma. So, this herb treats asthma, which occurs mainly due to an increase in the vata dosha. It acts by balancing the vata dosha. It is reduced by the hot and sweet properties of bakuchi.
·         Digestion:
Bakuchi is used in indigestion, ama and constipation. It even treats other digestive problems like diarrhea, abdominal pain, and borborygamus. These also occur when the vata dosha is high. Bakuchi is useful in all types of worms especially round worms.
  •         Heart:
Bakuchi stimulates the heart and the circulatory system, it is used in cardiac failure and oedema produced by it.
·         Muscles:
It mainly acts by toning the lower back and warms the lower back. It acts by balancing your vata dosha and relieves spasmodic pains and chronic pains.
·         Urinary System:
It mainly controls incontinence, urination, and strengthens the sphincter walls of the urinary tract. Bakuchi have a liver stimulant property so it is useful in piles.

·         Also:
Bakuchi is beneficial in all types of infectious disease;
  Bakuchi fruit have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic property.
      Bakuchi has notable effect against Helicobacter pylori and can treat diseases caused by infection of Helicobacter pylori.

Here are some of the properties of ayurvedic action on some of the doshas:
  • Vranya – treating ulcers;
  • Raktapitta – alleviates bleeding problems;
  • Krmina saka – anthelminthic;
  • Jvaraghna – anti-fever;
  • Kustha – heals skin problems;
  • Hrdaya – it acts as a heart tonic;
  • Kaphahara – destroys excess of kapha

Bio energetics:
Rasa (Taste) – Katu (Pungent); Tikta (Bitter)
Guna (Characteristics) – Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Un- unctuous)
Veerya (Potency) – Ushna (Hot)
Vipaka (Post digestion effect) – Katu (Pungent)

Effect on Tridosha:
Bakuchi pacifies Kapha and Vata Doshas; i.e. it can be used in all the diseases which originate from aggravation of Kapha/ Pitta or Kapha – Pitta.
Combinations:
This herb is always used in combination with other ayurvedic herbs. Some of the excellent combinations are:
  • Pippali and ashwagandha for coughs
  • Ashwagandha and bala for reproductive problems
  • Haritaki and gokshura for urinary problems
  • Nutmeg and haritaki for chronic diarrhea
  • Neem, kutki, and manjishtha sariya for skin problems
Contraindications:
This herb is contraindicated in pregnancy and if your pitta dosha is high.You must be cautious when applying it externally. It must not be used on patients, who are undergoing PUVA therapy as there is an increased risk of photosensitive reactions.

Useful part: Seed; Seed oil 
Dosage: use up to 10% of the formula i.e 3-9 grams every day.



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