Mimosa Pudica is a small evergreen that grows in Brazil, Asia, Africa, and India. The plant has a number of nicknames, including shameful plant, touch-me-not, and sensitive plant. Mimosa Pudica earned these names because of an interesting quality- its leaves close when they’re touched.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Mimosa pudica is known as lajjalu and its inclusion within the system is not because of its dancing leaves, but the therapeutic benefits the compounds within the plant offers. Many hemorrhoid sufferers have experienced relief as a result of this special plant’s pharmacological profile and antioxidant activity.  
Mimosa Pudica and Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids describe an uncomfortable problem in which the blood vessels in the anal area swell and become very sore. Hemorrhoids can originate from straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, being overweight, and other factors. Swelling, discomfort, and even bleeding are common indications of hemorrhoids and they’re all miserable for the person experiencing them. In fact, in Ayurvedic medicine, hemorrhoids are known as “arsha shoola” which translates to “pain from pricking like needles.” Ouch!
For those experiencing the misery and agony of hemorrhoids, Mimosa pudica offers several benefits. If you know anything about the history of shaving, you may have heard of a styptic pencil, which is a small, crayon-like device that’s able to stop the bleeding that results from a shaving cut. Mimosa pudica has similar styptic qualities to stop bleeding. This can be invaluable for bleeding hemorrhoids. A topical paste made from Mimosa pudica leaves has been known as a hemorrhoid therapy since at least the 16th century.   Additionally, mimosa pudica’s phenol content and antioxidant action is believed to help wounds, like bleeding hemorrhoids, heal faster. 
Supplementing with Mimosa Pudica
If the uncomfortable presence of swollen, burning hemorrhoids is ruining your day, natural herbal therapies like Mimosa pudica may be an avenue for relief. It’s backed by at least 500 years of traditional use and contains no synthetic compounds or harmful chemicals. That’s more than can be said for many of the conventional medications available at your local drugstore.
Although herbal remedies may reduce discomfort, it’s also important to understand that addressing your hemorrhoids at the source needs to be part of the equation. If you’re overweight or strain during bowel movements, these are not factors that Mimosa pudica will remedy, you need to take action and address those separately.
Have you used any supplements that contain Mimosa pudica? What were your results? Please leave a comment and share your experience with us!
by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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