Psoralea Corylifolia (also known as babachi, bawchi or bemchi) is an extremely powerful plant for vitiligo (Leucoderma). This plant grows in a rich and very common alluvial soil in central and southern India. The Ayurvedic and Siddha systems (former Tamil medicine system) have used this herb to treat vitiligo for centuries. The Chinese medicine system learned the importance of this herb from Siddha medicine that moved from southern India to China through great Buddhist monks such as Damo (Bodhi Dharma). Ayurvedic medicine states that this herb pacifies the spirit and, therefore, cures diseases related to the skin and reproductive organs.
In the ancient texts of Siddha, this herb is hailed as one of the most potent herbs for treating skin diseases. Although in Tamil this herb is called கார்போகரிசி (pronounced as Kaarbokarisi)
Properties of the Psoralea Corylifolia:
This plant is rich in numerous bioactive compounds and is rich in flavonoids and coumarins. This plant also has genistein, which is a potent agent against cancer. It has other chemical agents that acts as an aphrodisiac and improves reproductive health. However, the most important chemical agent present in Psoralea is psoralen. Psoralea corylifolia is the richest source of psoralen. It is very significant because it is used in PUVA (which is Psoralen + UVA). PUVA treatment is widely accepted for skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo. The presence of good amounts of psoralen together with other chemical agents that rejuvenate skin health; It makes these seeds a potent herb for the treatment and cure of Vitiligo .
Psoralea for Vitiligo:
“These seeds have certain chemical agents that are very potent to detoxify the skin”.
The seeds can be ground to a paste and then applied to the affected areas, as it can be used as an alternative to the extra virgin oil of these seeds for treatment. These seeds are very effective in the treatment of leucoderma (vitiligo) and other skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema (including leprosy). The oil or paste made from these seeds will stimulate the melanoblast cells in the skin. These melanoblasts are the precursor cells of melanocytes. Melanocytes in turn are responsible for the production of melanin, the pigments that give color to the skin. Therefore, these seeds can be an effective treatment option for vitiligo and dermatosis.
These seeds are powerful and highly nutritious, so they can be used both externally and internally. For external use, one can use the oil or grind the seeds in a paste and then apply it on the areas affected by vitiligo. Freshly ground pasta is more potent than oil. The healing properties are better when applied during the early morning along with good exposure to sunlight (for about 20-30 minutes). For internal use, it is better to take it together with ginger. Boil two cups of water along with cut ginger (about 20-30 g) and finally add the babchi seeds and let the mixture cool. Drink the mixture once it has cooled. It is better to drink it on an empty stomach during the mornings. One can see better results by drinking this twice a day. Babchi seeds along with neem and turmeric are a potent combination for external applications and is one of the best natural treatments for vitiligo.
Vitiligo patients who are pregnant should avoid this treatment. Nor should it be practiced by people undergoing treatment with PUVA, treatment with PUVA is already based on psoralen.