Botanical Name

Mimosa pudica L.




Mimosa hispidula Kunth, Mimosa pudica var. pudica, Mimosa pudica var. tetrandra (Willd.) DC., Mimosa pudica var. unijuga (Duchass. &Walp.) Griseb.

Regional Name

English : Touch-me-not, Hindi :Chhuimui, Lajauni, Lajwanti,  Sanskrit :Samanga, Varakranta, Namaskari, Urdu :Chhuimui, Punjabi :Lajan, Assamese :Lajubilata, Adamalati, Bengali :Lajaka, Lajjavanti, Gujrati :Risamani, Lajavanti, Lajamani, Kannada :Muttidasenui,, Machikegida, Lajjavati, Malayalam :ThottaVati, Marathi :Lajalu, Oriya :Lajakuri, Tamil :Thottavadi, Tottalchurungi, Telugu :Mudugudamara. Part Used Whole Plant.


Lajjalu is a short lived evergreen herb which can be treated as an annual plant. Lajjalu is native to South America and Central America. It can also be found in Asia in different countries such as ThailandIndiaIndonesia, MalaysiaPhilippinesJapan, and Jamaica. Lajjalu is a diffused undershrub, sensitive to touch, 25-50 cm high, found nearly thought hotter and moist regions of the country.The seeds are compressed, oval-elliptic, brown to grey, 0.3 long, 2.5 mm broad having a central ring on each face.


The main constituent of lajjalu is Alkaloids. It contains various compounds, including “alkaloids, flavonoid C-glycosides, sterols, terpenoids, tannins, and fatty acids”

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa :Tikta, Kasaya, Guna :Laghu, Ruksa, Virya :Sita, Vipaka :Katu, Karma :Grahi, Kaphahara, Pittahara  Ayurvedic Applications Sopha, Atisara, Daha, Svasa, Kustha, Vrana, Raktapita, Yoniroga.

Medicinal Uses

It is used in wound healing, bleeding piles, Ulcers, Infertility, Diarrhoea, Inflammation, Diabetes, Urinary Disorders, Bacterial infections , Viral infections, Fungal infections and very effective in protecting the liver from toxicity.

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