Common Sesban, Egyptian Rattle Pod
Latin name: Sesbania sesban (Merrill.) (Papilionacae), S. aegyptiaca (Pers)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Jayantika, Jayanti
Common Sesban is documented in Arabian and Persian literature as a potent astringent. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. In the form of an ointment, it relieves itching and is used to treat skin eruptions.
The compounds ampesterol, cholesterol and beta-sitosterol have been extracted from the leaf and pod. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of Common Sesban are attributed to the seeds of the plant.