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Acacia catechu, Khadira in Sanskrit, Cutch tree, Er Cha in Mandarin

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Description:

Botanical name : Acacia catechu (Linn.f) Wild.

Family : Mimosaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS

Khadira, Kushtari, Rakthasaram

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES

Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya

Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha

Virya : Seeta

Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

English : Dark catechu, Cutch tree

Hindi : Khair

Malayalam : Karingali

PLANT DESCRIPTION

Medium sized thorny deciduous tree grows up to 13 meters in height. Leaves bipinnately compound, leaflets 30-50 paired, main rachis pubescent, with large conspicuous gland near the middle of the rachis. Flowers pale yellow, sessile, found in axillary spikes. Fruits flat brown pods, with triangular beak at the apex, shiny, narrowed at base. Seeds 3-10 per pod. The gummy extract of the wood is called kath or cutch.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, skin diseases, cough, pruritus, and obesity. Useful in tooth ache, increases the strength of teeth.

Useful part : Bark, Heartwood, Kath.

Photo : Dr. Eby Abraham MD

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