- Love pea/ prayer bead, botanical name as Abrus precatorius, is a slender, perennial climber that twines around trees, shrubs, and hedges. It is a legume with long, pinnate-leafleted leaves. its other names known as jequirity, Crab’s eye, or crab’s eye creeper, cock’s eyes, rosary pea, paternoster pea, love pea, precatory pea or bean, John Crow Bead, coral bead, red-bead vine, country licorice, Indian licorice, wild licorice, Jamaica wild licorice, Akar Saga, coondrimany, gidee gidee, Jumbiebead ratti/rettee/retty, or weather plant. In western part of Nigeria is known as “Iwerejeje/Ojuologbo“
What Is Love Pea/ Prayer Bead?
Love Pea/ Prayer Bead is found to be containing a very powerful poison known as abrin, which is a protein similar to the ricin. The seeds are having a beautiful bright red color with the black spot on it. The chewed seeds are when swallowed this is very deadly. Each seed is about 8mm in length & 6mm in breadth with an average weight of 105mg. These seeds were used by the Indian goldsmiths for the purpose of weighing gold and silver.
The plant is best known for its seeds, which are used as beads and in percussion instruments, and which are toxic because of the presence of abrin. Ingestion of a single seed, well chewed, can be fatal to both adults and children. The plant is native to India and grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world where it has been introduced. It has a tendency to become weedy and invasive where it has been introduced.
What Are Its Useful Part?
Healing/Medical Use Of Love Pea/ Prayer Bead
- Eye complaints like the purulent conjunctivitis
- Inflammation which spreads to the face and neck
- Granular ophthalmia
- Angina pectoris
- Myocardial infarction
- Valvular insufficiency
- Brain tumor
- Septicemia shock
- Snake bite (in it’s late sequel)