What are the benefits and side effects of babchi oil?

The psoralea corylifolia, also known as Babchi, can be described as an important plant, which is an integral of the Indian Ayurveda system of medicine. The seeds in this plant have a range of coumarins, which includes psoralen. There are several medicinal uses that have been associated with the psoralea corylifolia seed, but the specific part of psoralen in these benefits is still not clear. The powder derived from babchi seeds are applied topically on the skin, for curing several skin conditions. At times, the extracts from the babchi seeds are also used to make a type of fragrant oil, known as babchi oil. Some of the conditions that have been known to improve with the use of psoralea corylifolia are Vitiligo, psoriasis, leucoderma and leprosy. Moreover, there are many commercial psoralea corylifolia uses that are also related to psoralen.


There are several medicinal benefits that have been associated with psoralea corylifolia babchi seeds and oil. Babchi contains properties that are antifungal, anthelmintic, aromatic and antibacterial. People use it as a stimulant or even a diaphoretic; at times, people also make use of babchi because it has diuretic and laxative properties. The Chinese believe that psoralea corylifolia is an excellent tonic remedy, for improving overall health and vitality.

The fruit of the psoralea corylifolia plant are believed to have aphrodisiac properties and can be applied to the genital organs, as a tonic. The fruits are generally used for treating febrile diseases, incontinence, premature ejaculation, bed wetting, frequent urination, impotence and lower backaches. The antibacterial properties that are present in the fruit are known to restrict the growth of mycobacterium tuberculosis. The root of the psoralea corylifolia plant can be used in the treatment of dental problems. The plant can also yield a potent medicinal oleoresin which can treat certain kidney disorders, as well as conditions like lumbago.

The plant can be used externally or it can be taken internally. People take babchi seeds orally, for curing various health conditions, such as an intestinal worm infestation. However, an overdose of babchi seeds could bring about some adverse side effects, such as headaches, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. The use of psoralea corylifolia oil can help cure several skin diseases like tinea versicular, scabies, ringworm and psoriasis. People also use babchi oil for vitiligo treatment.

Psoralea Corylifolia for Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a skin condition, which is characterized by white patches on the skin. This condition is caused by immune system problems. There is no specific cure for vitiligo, but there are many ways in which the symptoms can be controlled. The most effective home remedy for vitiligo recommended by doctors and other health experts is the use of herbal components that contain psoralens. There are several natural products, which contain psoralen, like celery, parsley, West Indian satinwood and figs. However, there are several people who prefer soaking the psoralea corylifolia plant in water overnight and then drinking the water in the morning. However, there are several people who avoid using this remedy, due to the reasons given below:

  • It has a bitter and unpleasant taste
  • A very large quantity is required for oral intake, which could be a bit difficult
  • Certain side effects like allergic symptoms and nausea may be observed
  • There could be an unwanted pigmentation that affects the whole body

This is why most people prefer to apply medication, or even babchi oil for vitiligo related problems.

However, in case this plant is consumed in excessive doses, it could lead to several side effects. Therefore, it is best to consult a doctor, before taking any quantity of psoralea corylifolia babchi seeds or oil.

answered by G M

Babchi also known as Psoralea corylifolia (botanical name) is an ayurvedic herb. Babchi seeds are used as remedy for leprosy, internal ulcers, skin conditions like leucoderma, fevers; it is also used as a stimulant, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, antifungal, laxative and diuretic. The active component in the seeds is an essential oil.

A tsp of babchi seeds powder can be used internally, taken with honey and cilantro to improve taste. It can also be applied as an ointment externally.

answered by S P

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