Mimosa Pudica, also known as lajjalu in the ancient Ayurvedic practice, has been used for centuries to treat skin disorders, jaundice, cough, and indigestion. It is found in many warm regions of the world, including India, Australia, and parts of America (Ahmad Overview). In the United States, you may have heard the plant called Sensitive Plant, Shame Plant, or Touch Me Not plant, because its leaves are incredibly sensitive and fold up at night, or when handled. This is an intelligent defense mechanism to protect itself from any harm. Mimosa Pudica is in the pea family.
Mimosa Pudica is very gelatinous, meaning when you swallow its seed in capsule form, the powder expands and changes consistency, becoming jelly-like and sticky. After being released into the digestive tract, the powder expands, scraping along the sides of the intestines, pulling out parasites, toxins, metals, and other invaders that might like to attach to the intestinal walls. While the Mimosa Pudica plant is not fat-soluble, the seed is.
It’s this gut-scrubbing property that makes Mimosa Pudica so effective during detoxification. Researchers have also shown amazing benefits from mimosa pudica as an antiparasitic support tool.