Monday, February 28, 2011

Makahiya:Sensitive plant, Mimosa for mumps and diarrhea

Have you heard about the legend of a shy girl and turn into a plant. This is the plant what i am talking about. The Makahiya or Mimosa in english. Some of the common names of this plant are, sensitive plant, shy plant, and humble plant. This plants folds it leaves whenever you touches them or any movement you have made to the plants this is called  seismonastic movements.. This creeping herb is scattered all over our backyard and reading about this plant, i found out that this plant is good for Mumps and diarrhea. 

For Mumps:

Collect leaves from this plants and prepare them to be mince.
Place the minced leaves of Mimosa to the swollen parts of the mumps. Let it for 30 mins. And do it 3 times a day.

For Diarrhea:

Collect a cup of leaves of Mimosa that is pulverized or minced and boil it for 10 minutes of 2 glass of water.
Adult : 1 teacup and take 3 times the whole day or till the diarrhea is present.
2-6 yr Old: 1/4 teacup 3 times a day
7-12 yr Old: 1/2 teacup 3 times a day.

Amazing how this shy plants can contribute some of the medical benefits in natural  way. Some of the medical benefits of this plants which i found out from wikipedia are:

Its extract immobilizes the filariform larvae of Strongyloides stercoralis in less than one hour. In contemporary medicine, Mimosa pudica is being investigated for its potential to yield novel chemotherapeutic compounds. It contains an alkaloid called mimosine, which has been found to have potent antiproliferative and apoptotic effects.
Aqueous extracts of the roots of the plant have shown significant neutralizing effects in the lethality of the venom of the monocled cobra (Naja Kaouthia). It appears to inhibit the myotoxicity and enzyme activity of cobra venom.


w0rkingAth0mE said...

i love to play with this plant, thanks for sharing info about makahiya.

Elvie said...

i love this plant, makahiya, it's know for it's medicinal purpose and for entertainment hahaha

riezen said...

@workingathome, yes we always do also play this plant.
@Elvie LOL yes its for entertainment also.

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wintergurl said...

Wow , this really amazing . I never think this plants is useful . I just like play with this shy plant . :) anyway thx for the sharing . Have a nice day .

riezen said...

Yeah wintergurl at children days we always make fun of this plants. And even tried to plant them on our backyard

Silvergirl said...

we here along the road, children loves to play that..

Dei-Ville said...

Hi there, bloghoppin'
When we where kids we used to play with a lot of makahiya, now they are even a more useful.

Macherie said...

I didn't know about it medicinal property. hehehe.. i just thought its an amusing plant.

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