BOTANICAL NAME: Abrus precatorius KINGDOM: Plantae POPULAR NAMES: Crab’s eye, Rakat, DESCRIPTION: Rosary pea is a twining herb, with long, pinnate leaflet feathery leaves. Its flowers are rose to purple in color, growing at the end of a stalk. Fruits are short pod s, containing hard, shiny scarlet and black seeds.

PLANT CHEMICALS: Abra line, abrusgenic acid, Phosphorous. Gallic acid .


  • Roots are used for treating gonorrhea, jaundice.
  • Oil extracted from the seeds of the herb is said to promote the growth of human hair.
  • It is an abortifacient, laxative, sedative, an aphrodisiac
  • Leaves are used to make tea to treat fevers, cough, and colds.
  • White seeds are used as an aphrodisiac.
  • Seeds have antimicrobial, diuretics, emetic, expectorant, febrifuge, hemostat, purgative properties.
  • The paste of its roots is often used in the treatment of abdominal pains and tumors 
  • The juice drived from the paste of the leaves and seeds of rosary pea can be used to treat grey hair.


  • For swelling: Mix coconut oil in powdered gunja seeds. Apply the paste. make a paste of grind seeds. Apply it on the affected area . Mix leaf juice of gunja with warm sesame oil . Apply . Mix 1/4 cup coconut oil in 1tsf gunja leaf juice . Apply 
  • For Baldness: Mix gunja seeds with sesame oil. Apply the paste on the hair before a shower.
  • For Asthma: Boil 1/2 tsp of gunja root. strain. drink it for 15 days.

CAUTIONS: The seeds of rosary pea are highly poisonous. They disturb the uterine functions and also prevent conception in women. If consumed raw the seeds can result in nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, burning in throat.

Always consult Ayurveda doctor before taking this herb.

Information given on this website is for the knowledge purpose only. This should not be replaced with doctor’s advice.