10 Top Medicinal Uses & Benefits Of Mimosa Pudica | Touch Me Not Plant | Sensitive Plant

I used to be fascinated with touch me not plant when I was younger and more so now after knowing about it’s wonderful uses. When I was a kid, I used to love touching the leaves and watch it close and I used to keep on looking for it open again. I have never thought much about the medicinal values of the plant when I was growing up.

Few years back, one of our farm workers was collecting the plant from the farm and when I inquired about it she replied that she was collecting it for treating diarrhea. It was the first time I heard about the medicinal use of touch me not plant. The more I came to know about it’s wonderful benefits and uses, my fascination and respect for this plant has only grown over the years.

Mimosa Pudica Plant:

Mimosa pudica also commonly called as touch me not plant | sensitive plant in English is called Thotta Chinnugi in Tamil and Lajalu in Hindi. The plant is covered in thorns with beautiful pink flowers and small green leaves that closes or droops when touched. It is a plant that is found commonly in many countries and here in our farm it grows in abundance. It is considered a weed and can be commonly found in wastelands.

Mimosa Pudica Traditional Uses:

It has been used for piles, dysentery, as a poultice and for treating wounds. Since it is a very popular plant extensive studies have been done on the plant scientifically proving many of the remedies it is used in. The last time we had rains, many of the mimosa pudica plant in the farm had beautiful pink flowers and I happily pictured them. I have tried my best to compile all the medicinal uses of mimosa pudica that has been scientifically proven below…..

10 Top Health Benefits & Uses Of Mimosa Pudica:

1. Mimosa Pudica Wound Healing Activity:

Traditionally the leaf extract made by grinding the leaves with little water and extracting the juice is used for treating wounds. This remedy has been proven scientifically now! For the study, both the methanolic and water extract was used in 3 different concentrations (0.5 %, 1 % and 2 %) in a basic ointment base. The ointment containing 2 % of both methanolic and water extract showed significant wound healing activity.

2. Mimosa Pudica Anti Venom Activity:

An interesting study was done on the anti venomous activity of mimosa pudica and that too cobra venom! The study which was done on the water extract of the mimosa pudica dried root (made by boiling the dried root in water) proved that it is very good at inhibiting the activity of the snake venom. But this remedy has to done under the observation of an experienced healer or herbalist.

3. Mimosa Pudica For Piles:

Mimosa Pudica is very good for treating bleeding piles and has been used as a remedy for it for many many years. For the remedy, crush the leaves into a fine paste and apply as a poultice, it will greatly ease the burning and bleeding. This is due to it’s amazing wound healing properties.

4. Mimosa Pudica For Ulcers:

Another very important study on mimosa pudica was its effect on ulcers. The study done on rats with artificially induced ulcers proved that 100 mg of ethanolic extract very effectively reduced the ulcers.

5. Mimosa Pudica For Diarrhea: 

Mimosa pudica is very good in treating diarrhea. A study done on albino rats by inducing them to diarrhea using castor oil and treating them with ethanolic extract proved to be very effective in controlling the diarrhea.

6. Mimosa Pudica Anti inflammatory Properties:

Another study proved its anti inflammatory properties. The study done on rats with artificially induced paw odema proved its anti inflammatory properties. The results were very effective and significant. In village sides, we do boil the leaves of mimosa pudica and use the warm liquid as a compress, happy to know that it has been proven scientifically.

7. Mimosa Pudica Anti Diabetic Activity:

Mimosa pudica’s anti diabetic activity has been proven through research. The research was done using the ethanolic extract but usually the leaf powder or the root powder is taken daily for bringing down the blood sugar levels.

8. Liver Protecting Activity of Mimosa Pudica:

Another important medicinal use it’s protection of liver against toxins . When rats were given toxic ethanol along with mimosa pudica extract, it proved to be very effective in protecting the liver from toxicity.

9. Anti microbial, Anti Fungal & Anti Viral Properties Of Mimosa Pudica:

Mimosa pudica has been proven for its anti microbial, anti fungal and anti viral properties. The research was done using different concentrations of the mimosa pudica ethanol extract on various fungus and bacteria and it proved to be very effective in controlling them.

10. Anti fertility Activity of Mimosa Pudica:

Mimosa pudica has proven to have anti fertility properties. so if you are trying for pregnancy, never consume mimosa pudica in any form…



  1. Anonymous
    September 2, 2015 / 1:26 am

    I don't get the difference between ethanolic extract and toxic ethanol…the plant extract can also be harmful?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 4, 2015 / 6:21 am

      Pure ethanol is almost 100 % proof make it lethal for human consumption that is why it is called toxic. The ethanolic extract mentioned is plant extract mixed in ethanol in a concentration that is not toxic, hope this clears your doubt…:)

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      We used it with mimosa bark to make some VERY! Good DMT

  2. Anonymous
    March 1, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Someone I know well was given this plant in pill form for intestinal cleansing of parasites. She was able to see visually the evidence of the parasites exiting her body in fecal matter. Have you heard of this use?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 20, 2016 / 7:00 am

      I haven't heard of this use of mimosa pudica. Thanks you for sharing this information, good to know it is so effective in treating intestinal parasites..

    • Val Birkner
      April 10, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      I am also under the care of a naturopath and was given this compound to help eliminate intestinal parasites and rope worms… Hard to find information about this usage anywhere online. Makes me a bit weary. :/

    • Akshata
      January 11, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Can you share the details of the naturopath. I think I have worms don't intend use allopathic remedy for it.. thanks in advance

    • Anonymous
      January 12, 2017 / 5:28 am

      My doc just had me order Mimosa Pudica from http://www.totalbodywellnessclinic.com I take 2 caps in AM and 2 caps in PM – away from food. It's very important to take a good immune booster along with the Mimosa (not at the same time) because when parasites die they release all kinds of virus and bacteria. I've read that it is the seeds of the plant that kill the parasites and not the leaves – not sure exactly what is in the Total Body Wellness formula but it really does work quite well – you may need to be on it for 6 months with no break.

    • Karika
      July 9, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Dear Ramya, I read that mimosa pudica essence can be used to kill intestinal parasite called strongyloides. What is your experience with this?

  3. Unknown
    March 12, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Could this plant root also be a cure for kidney stones, I heard rumors

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2016 / 6:17 am

      Mimosa pudica does help remove kidney stones and has been proven through clinical research too…

    • Anonymous
      May 5, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Got to double check. Are we confusing with Nerunjilmul (Tribulus terrestris), it is the common puncture vine in english. Or are they both beneficial to treat kidney stones? See the program by Siddha Packiam on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmHNfL10iJQ

  4. Unknown
    March 14, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    good article

  5. Shree Harshine
    May 15, 2016 / 9:09 am

    How to use it for kidney stone problem?

  6. Shree Harshine
    May 15, 2016 / 9:13 am

    How to use this to cure stone problem? My 5 month boy got cured from diarrhoea by using touch me not in single use itself. He was suffering for 10 days and alopathy medicine was of no use

  7. peapickersunion
    May 17, 2016 / 1:30 am

    I would like to try it for black fly fever, but I"m unsure of a good dosage to start with. I harvest several plants in full bloom but left the root systems in the ground. While I have lived in Oklahoma for many years I have never had a black fly bite me before. My lymph's in my neck are swollen and my primary can find no reason for it all my blood work is fine. I will start off in small amounts in warm tea to check for reactions….were can I find a dosage rate? Thanks!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      The suggested dosage for the liquid extract of mimosa pudica is around 5 ml but it might defer from person to person.

  8. Lino
    May 22, 2016 / 3:21 am

    is it true that this plant can enhance sexual activity for men?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 1:24 am

      Yes mimosa pudica acts like an aphrodisiac, you can read the study that proves it here

  9. Anonymous
    June 16, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    Do mimosa pudica cause miscarriage in early pregnancy?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 7, 2016 / 1:10 am

      Mimosa pudica should never be consumed by pregnant women as it can cause miscarriage…

  10. Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 / 2:44 am

    Can I grow in glass bottles?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 7, 2016 / 1:11 am

      I would suggest growing mimosa pudica in a small pot…

  11. anil kumar
    July 11, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Respected MadamI am male 43 non vegoccasional drinker and smoker i am suffering with internal hemorrhoids + fistulakindly advice me for permanent cure.Thank you MadamWith RegardsAnilkuamar9440793893anil.avt2@gmail.com

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      We use pirandai (Cissus quadrangularis)taken in the form of chutney for treating hemorrhoids. You can read about it in the blog…

  12. srinivasan
    July 23, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Hi mam,I am srinivasan 27 years old non veg past 2years I am having piles problem last year same month I got the issue and medicianfishe again I got the same pproblem fissure please tell me the permanent solution how to eat the touch me not plz send me mail sri.genesis@gmail.com

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 8, 2016 / 6:46 am

      I would suggest taking triphala or haritaki or pirandai (you can read about them in the blog), they are great for treating piles. If you are suffering bleeding piles, touch me not plant leaves can be applied as a poultice…

  13. Somashekar. R Ponnachi
    August 7, 2016 / 2:48 am

    I was suggested by some one to take some crushed leaves with buttermilk to cure the piles. While i was taking my ant stopped to use it and said it should not be taken from male gyes bcoz it supresses the erection and he becomes sterile. Is it true? pls reply me

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 19, 2016 / 3:00 am

      Mimosa pudica plant is actually an aphrodisiac, you can read the research that proves it here. But it has anti fertility properties when women take it….

  14. Anonymous
    August 13, 2016 / 4:20 am

    Hello! Can you please tell us the procedure on how to make antifungal out of mimosa pudica or touch me not. Please. We badly need this in our research. Thanks! My gmail is xeniakimmoreno@gmail.com

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 19, 2016 / 3:08 am

      You can collect the mimosa pudica leaves and shade dry till there is no moisture left and crisp. Powder the leaves finely in a dry mixer. Mix the leaf powder with unrefined coconut oil into a paste and you have an effective anti fungal cream…:)

  15. Andrews Ayensu
    September 7, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I don't want my wife to give birth now.can you advice me how she can take this plant and in what means and what part.

    • Valerie M
      December 3, 2017 / 1:12 am


  16. Anonymous
    September 13, 2016 / 2:13 am

    Can you cite the research on the effect of makahiya plant ointment on wound healing? 🙂

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 15, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      You can find the research proving the wound healing activity of mimosa pudica here:here

  17. Anonymous
    September 18, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Is the plant edible raw or cooked or not edible?

  18. Anonymous
    September 19, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    In zee tv Dr. K.S Murugan who comes at 8 am morning TV show said keeping a touch me not plant at home brings good wealth and money and luck and he said how it has to be kept on a Friday and my TV went offline cau u pls let me know the details this was from sunday 18th sep 2016 program 8.am

  19. Ankit Patel
    September 21, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Hello Medam,My mom is 60 year old. She has Stone in Pancreas.We went to doctor and doctor told us, it can be removed only by operation.But my mom dont want to do it by operation.Is ther any remedies for this kind os stone?please let me know.ThanksAnkitpatel3012@yahoo.com+12045998272

  20. Anonymous
    September 24, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Can you please share about natural birth control herbs.

  21. أمجد أمجد
    November 2, 2016 / 12:48 am

    i am eating 3 seed of castor then i heard thats is poisonouscan i eating mimosa to cancel poisonous symptom

  22. Anonymous
    November 12, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Hello madam..This is Suman and I am 30 years old. I am a diabetic patient. Please let me know what leaf to consume and the procedure to follow. Is there any permanent solution for diabetes.I heard that mimosa podica gives permanent solution for diabetes. Please let me know is it true. If yes, kindly let me know where can I purchase this leaf. Also let me know any other solution.I am single and I am afraid to get married.Please help..!myemail id: suman.kondala@gmail.comThanks in adavance

  23. Unknown
    November 16, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Does it mean it affects both male and female fertility?

  24. Jonahz Terzulum
    November 16, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Does it mean it affects both male and female fertility?

  25. Unknown
    January 1, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Mam my mom said mimosa leaves consumption will bring the diabetic level down.does the consumption of 3-4 leaves affects kidney r any other part f body. Does it helps in eradicating diabetics frm body

  26. Unknown
    April 12, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Does it get you intoxicated if you boil the roots and drink or it is a helpful potion

  27. sangay khandu
    August 15, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    I want to collect and make this product in capsule form as I have plenty in my farm.. plz suggest me the best way to do it.. sangay from bhutan

  28. Unknown
    September 13, 2017 / 2:57 am

    I would like to try this to remove parasites. Can I try it now and then get pregnant when I clear parasites and go off mimosa pudica? How long do I need to wait after taking it to try to get pregnant. Or does it permanently cause infertility?

  29. M. Mukhopadhyay
    March 12, 2018 / 2:00 am

    Are mimosa roots useful for the treatment of lowering uric acid

  30. Kamakshy
    March 26, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    I heard its root is used to bring Down uric acid. If so how should it be consumed and what is the dosage ?

  31. Anonymous
    April 4, 2018 / 6:00 am

    My aunt used it as a pill. When they decided to have the second 3 years after having the first born, the doctor found her uterus shrunk and incapable of bearing again… quite disappointed…

  32. richard baze
    July 21, 2018 / 3:31 am

    I saw a video on You Tube suggesting drinking the tea of Mimosa root reduces uric acid in the body as a treatment for gout.

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