Psoralea Corylifolia is also known by its common name, babachi, and its Hindi names, bawchi or bemchi. Although it is classified in some areas as a weed. This is an Ayurvedic herb. It is found in many parts of India.
The plant grows well in areas of Asia, such as India and China. It is rather vine-like and can reach heights of about 3 feet (.91 m). Psoralea corylifolia is characterized by a black fruit, a single seed, and a blue or purple colored flower. The leaves are compound and are composed of several pairs of leaflets and a terminal one. The leaflets are 50 mm long and 3 mm wide and are aromatic when crushed. The pea-flowers are borne at the ends of the branches or in the axils of the upper leaves.
- This herb has been considered by Ayurveda doctors to be so effective in the treatment of leprosy that it was given the name of ‘Kushtanashini’
- The powder from the seed is used to treat leprosy and leucoderma internally. It is also applied in the form of paste or ointment externally.