by Dr Vaid Ji on Oct 30, 2023
ABOUT THE HERB :Bakuchi, also known as Psoralea corylifolia, is a plant commonly used in traditional medicine, particularly in Ayurveda. Bakuchi is primarily valued for its medicinal properties. The seeds and oil derived from Bakuchi seeds are the most commonly used parts. Bakuchi is often used in the treatment of skin conditions such as vitiligo and psoriasis. It is believed to help repigment the skin in cases of vitiligo. The seeds of Bakuchi contain a compound called psoralen, which is known to be effective in treating skin disorders. Psoralen is photosensitive, which means it becomes active when exposed to UV light, making it useful in certain therapies. In Ayurvedic medicine, Bakuchi is used in various formulations and remedies for skin and hair care. It is believed to have a rejuvenating effect on the skin.
MEDICINAL QUALITIES & EFFECT ON DOSHAS :
- Rasa – katu, tikta
- Vipaka – katu
- Virya – ushna
- Guna – laghu, rooksha
- Effect on tridosha – balances kapha & vata.
PROPERTIES OF BAKUCHI :
Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) has several properties that make it valuable in traditional medicine, particularly in Ayurveda. Here are some of its key properties:
- Anti-Inflammatory: Bakuchi possesses anti-inflammatory properties, which is beneficial in reducing inflammation, especially in skin conditions.
- Photosensitive: One of its unique properties is that it contains psoralen, a photosensitive compound. Psoralen becomes active when exposed to UV light, which is utilized in certain therapies for skin disorders like vitiligo.
- Antioxidant: Bakuchi have antioxidant properties, which help in neutralizing harmful free radicals and protecting the body from oxidative stress.
- Immunomodulatory: It has immunomodulatory effects, it can influence the immune system's response. This property is relevant in the treatment of autoimmune skin disorders.
- Antimicrobial: Bakuchi has antimicrobial properties, which is valuable in preventing or treating infections of the skin.
- Hypopigmenting: The seeds of Bakuchi are commonly used to treat hypopigmented skin conditions like vitiligo. They stimulate the production of melanin, which help restore skin color.
- Anti-aging: Bakuchi has anti-aging effects on the skin, helping to maintain a youthful appearance.
- Regenerative properties.
BENIFITS OF BAKUCHI :
- Vitiligo Treatment: Bakuchi is used in the treatment of vitiligo, a skin disorder characterized by the loss of skin pigmentation. Bakuchi is believed to help repigment the skin in cases of vitiligo due to its psoralen content.
- Psoriasis Management: Bakuchi is used to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. Its anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties help reduce skin inflammation and discomfort.
- Skin Health: Bakuchi is used in various skincare formulations and remedies due to its antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It improves overall skin health and appearance.
- Wound Healing: It has been traditionally used for wound healing, with its regenerative properties aiding in the repair of damaged skin.
- Hair Care: Bakuchi is used in hair care products and remedies to promote hair health and growth.
- Hypopigmentation Disorders: Besides vitiligo, Bakuchi is used in the treatment of other hypopigmentation disorders that result in loss of skin color.
- Diabetes Management: Bakuchi help regulate blood sugar levels and is valuable for individuals with diabetes.
BAKUCHI IN VITILIGO :
- Bakuchi has been used for the treatment of Shwitra. The rasa of Bakuchi is Katu & Tikta, Katu Vipaka and Ruksha Guna, the powder and extract have strong antioxidant properties. Bavachin and psoralidin has inhibitory against antigen induced granulation. In the Shwitra, Sroto-Dushti is removed by the Katu-Tikta Rasa, Ruksha Guna, Katu Vipaka of the Bakuchi and it also increases the blood circulation locally, thus provides nutrition to the cells present there and helps in the adequate formation of Bhrajaka Pitta in the skin. Bakuchi’s contents increases the rate of synthesis and amount of melanin and hence encouraging skin to recover from a vitiliginous state. The use of sunlight in early morning on affected area of skin because it has content of ultraviolet rays and with Bakuchi leads to favourable milieu for encouraging the growth of melanocyte migration and stimulates proliferation. It not jusr helps in proliferation of melanocyte but also prevents the autoimmune activity disease. The mode of action on skin is depends on the nature of drugs used. The nature of Ushna leads to reduction of Kapha and Vata Dosh and Laghu, Ruksha Guna subside the Kapha Guna. Katu Vipaka helps the Shodhana of Srotas. Also Ushna properties helps the Agnideepan and It has properties of like Kushthaghna, Kaphvatahar and making promote shining in skin (Twachya). The effect of Bakuchi churna is very effective in Shwitra without any adverse effect on body, on any system or organ. The use of sun light is additive effect to promote the melanocyte formation.
BENEFITS OF BABCHI (BAKUCHI) TABLETS :
- Babchi is useful in indigestion, acidity
- It can also be applied locally in leucoderma
- It shrinks white spots on the skin and reduces pigmentation
- Urticaria, Skin rashes
Dosage– 1 Tablet morning and evening or as directed by physicians.