An Overview, Dermatological Uses, Side effects and Risk factors
Latin name: Psoralia corylifolia
English name: Psoralea
Hindi name: Bakuchi, Bavachi
Taste: Pungent, Bitter
Parts used: Seeds, Seed Oil
It is a perennial plant that grows up to 2 M. It grows in an arid climate.
Essential oil, Fatty oil, Psoralen, Isopsoralen, Corylifolin, Sitosterol, Calcium, Potassium, Coumarins, and many more.
Mode of action: Kapha Vata shamak
- Anthelmintic, Antimicrobial, Antifungal, Antibacterial
- Cytotoxic, Anticancer, Antitumour
- Diaphoretic, Stimulant
- Analgesic, Antipyretic
- Alopecia areata
- Gray Hair
- Piles, Anemia
- Scorpion Sting, Snake Bite
- Candidiasis, Ringworm
Side effects and Risk factors:
Short term side-effects are: Erythema, Tanning (lasts for 8-12 weeks after stopping the treatment), Nausea, Pruritis.
Long term side-effects are:
- SKIN CANCER (after several hundred treatments). Any new lump, bump or mole on the skin should be brought to the attention of the physician
- It can cause Cataracts. The protective glasses must be worn on the day of treatment.
- Exposure to sunlight causes Freckles. If your skin disorder does not involve the face, apply a sunscreen to this area.
- UNSAFE in Pregnancy.
- Renal or Hepatic disease
- Photosensitive skin diseases
- Skin Cancer
- Pregnant and Lactating women
– Dr Malika Ahuja