DASHAPUSHPAM: MUKKUTTI (PEETHAPUSHPA) SMALL TREE PLANT
Updated: May 16
The Dwarf Tree packed with Gigantic Therapeutics
The elite group of ten is never complete without Mukkutti beaming around us swaying the beautiful five-petal red-streaked yellow flowers looking like sparkling golden nose studs enameled with ruby red paint.
Biophytum sensitivum or the small tree plant with sensitive leaflets resembles a tree in its looks and hence the name, small tree plant. Mukkutti is rich in beneficial compounds like amentoflavone, cupressuflavone, and isoorientin all of which have been scientifically proved to possess antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, radio-protective, chemo-protective, anti-metastatic, anti-angiogenesis, wound-healing, immunomodulation, anti-diabetic, and cardio-protective properties. The plant is also called life plant and it does justice to its name with its immense medicinal values. A member of the Oxalidaceae family the small tree plant is an erect annual herb and a native of tropical wetlands.
The plant is an excellent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-oxidant, skin disease curing, and wound-healing herb. The specific action of the herb is on the urogenital tract and helps in treating conditions like diabetes, varicocele, and gonorrhea. It is also a proven radio-protective, chemo-protective, immune-modulatory, and cardio-protective.
Mukkutti is used in the treatment of stomach aches, asthma, snake bites for envenomation, diabetes, urinary tract diseases, and chronic skin diseases. It is an excellent remedy to overcome the side effects and regain health for cancer patients recovering from chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is also used in amenorrhoea and to induce proper lochia discharge post-childbirth.
Mukkutti and You
The whole plant paste with butter is applied if bitten by hornets, wasps, bees, or any other insects.
The seed is powdered and mixed with warm water is applied to the abscess to induce and promote suppuration.
20 ml of the fresh juice or 200 ml of decoction with jaggery given for two weeks post-childbirth cleans the uterus and keeps the womb healthy.
Mukkutti in thickly planted beds look fabulous in gardens as it grows straight and spreads like a palm canopy. The uniformity of the plants with the bright flowers is a sight to behold. Mukkutti sometimes called Indian daffodils adorn the gardens and keep you monsoon gardens happily blossomed.