Unani Healthcare System describes medicinal benefits of Mimosa pudica. Its root is resolvent, alternative, and useful in the treatment of diseases arising from blood impurities and bile, bilious fevers, piles, jaundice, and leprosy etc. Decoction of root can also be used with water to gargle to reduce toothache. It is also very useful in diarrhea, amoebic dysentery, and urinary infections. It has been said to have medicinal properties to cure skin diseases. It is also used in conditions like bronchitis, general weakness and impotence. It is also used to treat neurological problems. It is also used in herbal preparations of gynecological disorders. Its extract can cure skin diseases (5).
According to different researches done so far, Mimosa pudica bark is used to relieve depression, mental distress, irritability, severe palpitations, and amnesia. In Ayurvedic and Unani medicine, Mimosa pudica root is used to treat bilious fevers, piles, jaundice, leprosy, dysentery, inflammations, burning sensation, fatigue, asthma, leucoderma, and blood diseases. It has been observed that in rats with experimental injury of the sciatic nerve, the process of regeneration of the nerve was 30-40 per cent higher in rats treated with M. pudica extract, as compared to hydrocortisone treated group. Aqueous extracts of the roots of the plant have shown significant neutralizing effects in the lethality of the venom of the monocled cobra (Naja Kaouthia). Thus it also acts as anti venom. It appears to inhibit the myotoxicity and enzyme activity of cobra venom (6).