Mimosa pudica is also known as “the sensitive plant” because it curls up when you touch it. I’ve seen this plant growing in Australia, and it’s quite a neat sight.
Mimosa pudica has been promoted heavily on the internet for the management of parasites. Now, I can say that there are easily over a thousand Ayurvedic plants touted as being good for parasites.
But be careful. Ayurvedic medicine is very popular right now and it’s a bit of a “flavor of the month.” Many plants used in the Ayurvedic medical system are being applied in the Western world. The trouble is that, in my opinion, the plants are often taken out of context. I think there are definite benefits to using Mimosa pudica, particularly related to gynecological conditions, fertility, and blood sugar.
Mimosa pudica contains many different chemicals and can have a profound effect on multiple systems of the body. But, you have to keep your expectations realistic. It’s not a cure-all for parasites. It’s not something you take to eliminate parasites overnight.
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Plants like Mimosa pudica have been used for thousands of years for many different conditions. However, specific formulations are necessary. If you look at the Ayurvedic Mimosa pudica formulation, it contains up to 30 different Ayurvedic herbs in specific amounts.
Grinding up the seed or putting the seed in a capsule is not the right way to take Mimosa pudica. Everyone’s quick to jump on the bandwagon with the next herb that offers a “miracle cure.” Tulsi (Holy Basil) has been touted to cure anything, including acne, fertility, boldness, syphilis, erectile dysfunction, and dementia.
Most Ayurvedic plants haven’t been adequately studied. We often know that they are GRAS (“generally regarded as safe”), but we don’t know how their antiparasite action compares to what wormwood, black walnut, and garlic can do.
I think Mimosa pudica is worth looking into further. But, don’t take large doses thinking it’s going to eradicate parasites, because it generally doesn’t work that way.