Catechu

Catechu

Traditional Name : Khadira

Botanical Name : Acacia catechu

English Name : Black Catechu

Part of Plant Used : Bark

Description

History

Acacia catechu also known as ‘black catechu’ is a deciduous tree that occurs in tropical moist deciduous forests, dry tropical forests and tropical thorn forests. It has a light feathery crown with dark brown, slender and thorny branchlets. It is widely distributed throughout India, Myanmar, Burma, Thailand and S. China. In India, it grows in the sub-Himalayan tract and outer Himalayas ascending from 900 to 1,200 m from Jammu to Assam and also in the southern part of India.

Function

The bark extract of Acacia catechu helps reduce swelling and pain.

It also reduces bleeding from the piles.

It has displayed anti-inflammatory, hemostatic and antioxidant properties.

Uses

  • Haemostatic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic

Active Constituents

Catechin, catechu-tannic acid and tannin

Ayurveda Insight on Khadira

Khadira has tikta, kashaya and katu rasa, sheeta virya and laghu, ruksha properties. It is krimighna, kushthaghna, medohara, raktashodhaka, pachaka and dantya in action. It alleviates Kapha and Pitta doshas. It is useful in Shotha, Kushtha, Prameha, Vrana and Raktapitta.

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