Arabic Name : Mehlab Aswad
Bengali Name : Hakuch
English Name : Babchi Seeds, Purple Fleabane
French Name : Psoraléa
German Name : Asphaltkleefrüchte
Gujarati Name : Bavachi, Bakchi
Hindi Name : Babchi
Kannada Name : Bauchige, Bhavantibeeja, Bhavanchigid, Baukuchi
Latin name : Psoralea corylifolia Linn.
Marathi Name : Bawchi
Punjabi Name : Babchi, Bavchi
Sanskrit Name : Vakuchi, Bakuchi
Urdu Name : Babchi
Description : The seeds are acrid, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal, aromatic, bitter, diaphoretic, diuretic and laxative. Useful in hypopigmented lesions of the skin like leucoderma and psoriasis as it contains psoralen, which causes the skin to produce new pigment when exposed to sunlight. It is used both as a local application and orally. Also useful externally in scabies, dermatitis and leprosy and is also useful in painful urination.
Clinical trials were conducted to assess the efficacy of Babchi seeds. Oral administration along with application of oil and exposure of the patient to sunlight for 5-30 minutes daily for 1-7 weeks gave encouraging results.
Recommended Dosage : Seeds :- 3 to 6 g powder of seeds; Oil : For external application only.
Contraindication : This herb has no known warnings or contraindications.