Roghan Babchi or Babchi oil

The seeds oil of Bakuchi plant is useful in leucoderma, vitiligo, leprosy, psoriasis and inflammatory diseases of the skin. Learn how to use this herbal oil and what are it's side effects.

Roghan Babchi is an oily preparation made with Babchi/ Bakuchi or Psoralea corylifolia. The seeds oil of Bakuchi plant is useful in leukoderma, vitiligo, leprosy, psoriasis and inflammatory diseases of the skin.  Roghan means oil in Persian.

Vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by progressive, idiopathic, white patches on the skin. The exact cause for this condition is not known but it may be due to immune system problems.  Vitiligo happens because the cells (melanocytes) that give color to the skin get destroyed. It can begin at any age, but in about 50% of the patients, it starts before the age of 20. There is no specific cure for vitiligo, but there are many ways in which the symptoms can be controlled.

Babchi oil helps in vitiligo, hypopigmented lesions or leucoderma as its chief constituent psoralen is a photoactive furocoumarin that binds to DNA when exposed to UV light to form photoproducts with pyrimidine base. This action inhibits DNA synthesis and causes decrease in cell proliferation and hence spread of leukoderma patches.

  • Synonms: Roghan-e-Babchi, Babchi (Psoralea corylifolia Linn) Oil
  • Type of medicine: Unani Medicine
  • Purpose: Vitiligo, psoriasis, hypopigmented lesions
  • Availability: Online and at medical stores
  • Suitable for: Unisex
  • Manufacturer: Hamdard Laboratories (India) established by Late Hakeem Abdul Hameed Sahib and Dehlvi
  • Side-effects: Not Known
  • Contraindications: None

About Unani-Tibb

Unani System of medicine evolved Greece and was first introduced to India by the Arabs. It is also called as Greco-Arab medicine, Unani tibb, Arabian medicine, or Islamic medicine. Hippocrates is known as the father of this system of medicine. The theoretical framework of Unani medicine is based on his teachings.

It is traditional medicinal system and commonly practiced in South Asia. The origins of Unani medicine are found in the doctrines of the ancient Greek physicians Hippocrates and Galen. It was later developed and refined through systematic experiment by the Arabs. Unani medicine are prepared from medicinal plants, minerals, animals products etc. In Unani medicine, single drugs or their combinations in raw forms are preferred over compound formulations. The naturally occurring drugs used in this system are usually free from any side effects.

Ingredients of Roghan Babchi

Psoralea corylifolia (Babchi) in Sesamum indicum Oil (Til Oil)

Psoralea corylifolia, commonly known as Babchi/Bavchi/Babechi, is used in Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Chinese medicine for treating skin diseases such as leukoderma, skin rashes, infections, and others.

Bakuchi contains bakuchinol (phenol), psoralen, isopsoralen, psorelidin, isopsoralidin, dehydroisopsoralidin and corylifolen. The furanocoumarins, which contain psoralens, promote pigmentation when applied topically. It improves the color of skin, hair, and nails.

Bakuchi increases the rate of synthesis and amount of melanin and encourages skin to recover from a vitiliginous state.  Ultraviolet rays (of early morning sunlight) exposure on affected area of skin promote the growth and proliferation of melanocyte.

Uses of Roghan Babchi

  1. Leucoderma
  2. Psoriasis
  3. Hypopigmentation or loss of skin colour
  4. Leprosy, skin diseases

How to use Roghan Babchi

  1. This oil is for external use only.
  2. Wash & dry affected area.
  3. Apply on affected area.
  4. In case of leucoderma after application expose to sunlight.
  5. The treatment is continued for one year.

Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings

Regular use of Bakuchi powder and Bakuchi Oil for one year reduces the size of patch, changes the color of patches from white to reddish.

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Discontinue if hypersensitivity occurs.
  • This oil is for external use only.
  • It must not be taken internally.

Include Cow Milk and Ghee, Moong, Parwal, Rice, Spinach, Methi and easily digestive food items in diet.

Avoid/do not eat, Jaggery, Sesame (Til), Curd, Raw Tomato, Raw Onion, Raw Garlic, Citrus Fruits such as Lemon, Oranges, Pickles, Chilies, Fish, Brinjal, Jackfruit, Heavy Diets, etc.

Avoid Tea, Coffee, Alcoholic Beverages and all condiments and highly flavored dishes.

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