|Botanical Name||Mimosa pudica L|
The touch-sensitive Mimosa Pudica (Nidikumba) is a plant with a slender trunk with sharp thorns that are sometimes considered a weed. One of its specialities is the rapid shrinkage of the leaves by a complex biochemical process, even at the slightest touch. The plant also has the ability to fertilize barren soil by nitrogen fixation in the root nodules. Although plants such as green gram and cowpea belong to the same genus of legumes, Mimosa Pudica (Nidikumba) is different from all other legumes in that it is sensitive to touch and light. Mimosa Pudica (Nidikumba) is a medicinal plant found in all parts of Sri Lanka.
Excessive bleeding from skin diseases, diarrhoea, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, trauma, bladder stones, urinary tract infections, haemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis, leprosy, white matter, uterine diseases, hair loss, arthritis The leaves, roots and flowers of the Mimosa Pudica (Nidikumba) plant is used to treat a number of ailments such as gonorrhoea, yeast infections and toothache. Sleep apnea relieves depression. Anti-cancer. Has antiseptic, diuretic and laxative properties.