Rosary Pea: Benefits, Detoxification, Dosage, Side-effects and Precautions

Overview of Miraculous Amaltas

Rosary Pea, botanical name abrus precatorius is a climbing herb commonly grow over shrubs, trees and hedges. It also goes with names like gulaganji, Jequirity peas, love bean, gunja etc. It has unique bright red coloured seeds and there’s a second type which has white seeds. A toxin “Abrin” is present in these seeds which makes this herb one of the most toxic herbal plants. Abrin holds a very close relationship with the very deadly chemical, risin. In fact, the consumption of even a single berry can prove fatal to an average-sized human being. It is a very invasive weed in nature and grows aggressively. It is also used as a decorative beaded necklace with its seeds in Africa but basically It is found in subtropical areas of India.

Detoxifying Abrus Precatorious:

The use of any part of a rosary plant in its raw form can be very fatal. Rosary is a very strong herb with even a mild overdose can give severe side effects. It is used medicinally after going through a proper purification process. Seeds are basically used as purgative, tonic and aphrodisiac. Seeds are detoxified before using as a medicine. Rosary roots are alexiteric and are also used as a substitute for licorice. Ingesting Raw seeds could be severe. In such cases symptoms will be vomiting and diarrhoea resulting in electrolyte disturbances.

It can be done by two ways;

Either by taking seeds into a cotton pouch and boiling them in milk for 3-6 hours or by boiling them for 3-6 hours with brown rice water also known as kanji water.

Because of the boiling process, the toxins present in the seeds break down and get dissolved in the milk or the kanji water. Studies have confirmed the effectiveness of these ayurvedic detoxification processes.

Medicinal Uses of Rosary Peas

Abrus precatorius medicinal uses has a long list. Rosary Pea is a strong aphrodisiac and has properties to improve sexual stamina along with other sexual disorders like less sperm count etc in a natural way.

Doshas and Rosary Pea:

Ayurvedic characteristics of Rosary Seeds are: dry & light, its taste is bitter and astringent and potency is hot. It balances Kapha and Vata Doshas.

Those of Rosary roots are sweet in taste and oily in nature.

It helps improve appetite, digestive system and pacifies the Kapha and vata doshas.

When used properly after purification, rosary herb acts as an antitoxin. It appreciates wound healing and improves skin and hair texture. It also helps in increasing body immunity and provides internal strength.

Roots, leaf and seeds are the useful parts of rosary pea in contrast to medical use.

Properties of Rosary Peas (Seeds)

  • Anodyne : a painkiller
  • Antimicrobial: kills microorganisms or stops their growth
  • Diuretic: Promotes urine production acts as Water pills
  • Expectorant: promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to treat coughs.
  • Vermifuge: an anthelmintic
  • Sedative: calming or sleep-inducing effect.
  • Purgative: strongly laxative in effect.
  • Emetic: causes vomiting.
  • Aphrodisiac: increases sexual desire, sexual performance, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior.
  • Hair growth stimulator: An Oil prepared using sesame oil and Rosaryseeds
  • Abortifacient: Causes abortion.

Abrus Precatorius Leaves & Roots Properties

  • Anti-catarrhal: Help the body to remove excess mucous mainly in ear, nose and throat infections.
  • Antipyretic and Febrifuge: Reduce fever.
  • Expectorant: promotes the secretion of sputum
  • Diuretic: increases production of urine
  • Anti-catarrhal: Help the body to remove excess mucous mainly in ear, nose and throat infections.
  • Antipyretic and Febrifuge: Reduce fever.
  • Expectorant: promotes the secretion of sputum
  • Diuretic: increases production of urine

Rosary Peas or Abrus Precatorius seeds or gunja seeds when detoxified are helpful in following health conditions when used internally:

  • Sciatica:nerve pain in the leg that is caused by irritation and/or compression of the sciatic nerve.
  • Hemiplegia: a condition caused by brain damage or spinal cord injury that leads to paralysis on one side of the body
  • Muscle Cramps: a sudden, involuntary movement in one or more muscles
  • Bursitis: a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs — called bursae These cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near joints.
  • Fibromyalgia: a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
  • It is also found to be very effective in treating erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Arthritis are also its arena of cure.

Rosary seed paste is prepared by using rosary seed powder and sesame oil and is applied externally following disorders:

  • Hair Loss
  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis

Paste prepared with water is used for treating:

  • Lymphadenopathy of the cervical lymph nodes
  • Vitiligo (a condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish patches)
  • Paralysis

Rosary Roots are used for treating:

  • Abnormal voice changes.
  • Cough
  • Painful Urination
  • Erection issues
  • Premature ejaculation

Rosary roots are only used internally. No external application of roots.

Paste of Rosary Leaves is used for treating:

  • Herpes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Healing wounds

Rosary Plant Flowers are used in the form of flower juice as nasal installation to treat a non pulsating intense pain in the head. The leaves of rosary pea are used to flavor various foods, such as stuffing and roast meats.

Key Medicinal Uses:

  1. In ayurveda the treatment of paralysis and hemiplegia is done using detoxified rosary pea powder internally in 30-60mg amount twice a day with warm milk.Rosary pea powder when processed and purified is mixed with water and applied on affected paralytic parts. This is also very effective in muscle cramps and sciatica. The sesame oil mixed with rosary pea powder commonly known as gunja oil is used externally to massage and improve movability of paralytic parts.
  2. Regular application of the paste prepared by mixing rosary pea powder and plumbago zeylanica root powder in water on the affected parts reduces white patches.
  3. Paste of sesame oil and rosary pea powder applied on acne overnight to get relieved. One should always be checked for allergies before applying such paste on the face.
  4. The paste from root and seeds detoxified powder when mixed with water is applied on the scalp helps in hair regrowth.
  5. Laringitis is treated by chewing tablets made from rosary leaf powder cubed powder and sugar.
  6. Rosary Root powder is taken with milk to treat snake bite and scorpion sting.
  7. The dried root powdered taken 5gm with old gut for 5 days can cure urinary troubles.


Dosage for adults:

Rosary Seed Powder : 1-2mg/kg body weight

Rosary LeafPowder : 5-10mg/kg body weight

Rosary Root Powder :5-10mg/kg body weight

It is advised not to use rosary pea for children. However if there’s not other alternative left you, the dosage can be calculated as per the body weight.

Dosage for children

Rosary Seed Powder : 0.5-1mg/kg body weight

Rosary LeafPowder : 2.5-5mg/kg body weight

Rosary Root Powder :2.5-5mg/kg body weight

Abrus Precatorius should not be used for patients with a history of gastritis, PITTA disorders, sunstroke, burning sensation in feet or heartburn. However if there’s no other alternative then reduce its dose by 1/8-1/4 of the prescribed.

Abrus Precatorious Side Effects:

Non Purified Rosary Pea Side Effects:

  • Breathing problems
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Anuresis
  • Heart attack
  • Shock
  • Respiratory failure
  • Severe within 36 to 72 hours

Detoxified Rosary Pea Side-Effects:

Purified Rosary pea does not give out side effects if taken with milk and less than 250mg a day in divided dosage. But if wrong dosage is consumed, following side effects will pop up:

  • Vertigo
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Avoid if Children, Pregnant Woman, Lactating Woman, History of Allergy, if any ongoing treatments which interact with rosary peas.

Lactating Mother’s : It decreases the amount of milk production. It gets into the milk and causes diarrhoea and vomiting to babies.

Pregnant Woman: It is completely unsafe to use Rosary pea during pregnancy as it has abortifacient properties. Rosary plant roots are commonly used for abortion or treating incomplete or unsuccessful abortion.


Rosary plants should not be used in any way, before or after the surgery as it affects blood clotting time. Rosary Plant is not suitable to be used in gastritis, ulcers, vertigo and ulcerative colitis.


Abrus Precatorius can interact with many medicines like antidiabetic, antiplatelet or antihypertensive drugs. Proper consultation with a healthcare professional is must before using it.

Antidote for Rosary Pea Poisoning:

Amaranth leaf juice mixed with sugar is the best antitoxin for Rosary Pea (Abrus Precatorius) Poisoning. It promptly decreases harmful impacts of Rosary Pea. For treatment of rosary pea poisoning effects, 10 ml Amaranth leaf juice alongside 5 grams sugar ought to be utilized 2 to 3 times each day for 7 days.

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