Mimosa pudica, known as the sensitive plant, is a creeping annual or perennial weed. We always pull it off because its a weed and the sharp torn causes scratches to our pretty feet. When touched or shaken, the compound leaves fold inward and droop almost instantly . They are shy indeed. Pudica means “shy”.
Benefits and How to Use
- The root is aphrodisiac and administered as a diuretic and used against dysentery and dysmenorrhea. However, it is emetic and poisonous in large doses.
- An infusion of the leaves is given for dysentery, and as a bitter tonic.
- The seeds are used for sore throat and hoarseness
- The entire plant in decoction is considered as an alterant and antiasthmatic.
- The leaves rubbed into a paste are applied to hydrocele , and also applied to glandular swellings.
- 1/10 decoction is given to gravel and similar urinary complaints. Useful in diseases arising from corrupt blood and bile
- The juice of the leaves is used to impregnate cotton wool for dressing in any form of sinus difficulty.
- The leaves and root in the powdered state are given with milk in cases of piles and fistula.
- The leaves are employed as a bath for pains of the hips and kidney.
- The juice is applied externally to fistulous sores.
- Recommended also for dysentery and diarrhea.
update as of June 2016
Study of Germana, Molina et. al. entitled ” Inhibitory Activity of Makahiya (Mimosa pudica Linn) leaf extract to three test organisms (2015), shows Mimosa pudica Linn leaf extract can inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis
A quote from trusty wikipedia, S. aureus is not always pathogenic, but it is a common illness like abscesses, and food poisoning. Promotes infections by producing potent protein toxins, and expressing cell-surface proteins that bind and inactivate antibodies.
On the contrary, Bacillus subtilis was not as bad as I thought. It is considered as benign microorganism according to Toxic Substances Control Act. Bacillus subtilis is beneficial. It is use in enzyme production. Amylase, protease and subtilisin. For antibiotic production: difficidin, oxydifficidin, bacilli, bacillomyin B, and Bacitracin. And last but not least, a fungicide for agricultural purposes.
From the study of Susana P. Racadio entitled “The Medicinal Prospects of Makahiya (Mimosa Pudica Linn) Plant (2016)”. Makahiya (Mimosa pudica Linn) plant has pharmaceutical potentials due to the presence of phytochemicals like alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins and triterpenes, its great microbial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis and the antioxidant property it exhibited.
Study of Winston D. Balag-ey & Leonora E. Ngilangil entitled “Roots of Mimosa pudica Linn ‘Makahiya’ as an alternative treatment against urinary tract infections (2009)” showed, decocted roots maybe used to cure urinary tract infection (UTI). Twice a day intake with observed improvement on the third day.
Study of Monn Diane Alpuerto & Joanne Daclan entitled “The antibacterial activity of Mimosa pudica Linn. (Makahiya) leaf extract against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus(2003)” showed it is effective against both microorganisms.