By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
Cutch tree is well known as Kattha plant. The reason is kattha is used abundantly in pan shops as an additive of several pan varieties. The age old tree Khadira is identified as Acacia catechu.
This medium sized tree is found in dry climates.The tree bark contaibns 35% catechu and 57% catechin.According to Ayurveda this is a drug of cold potency(Sheeta veerya) and balances Kapha and Pitta Dosha. The plant is appreciated for its potent blood purifying nature.
Primordial literature Charaka samhita explains it as a substance of choice for brushing the teeth!
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Another text Ashtanga sangraha explains this drug as best for the treatmen t of all kind of skin diseases including vitiligo/leucoderma.
Khadirarishtha, Khadiravaleha, Irimedadi taila, Khadiradi kwatha, Musalikhadiradi kashaya, Nishakhadiradi kashaya, Khadirasthaka, Khadiradi vati etc are well known and effective formulations of Khadira plant.
Researches have shown its effective anti inmflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti pyretic, anti tussive and expectoarnt health benefits.
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Few important simple and effective remedies of acacia are as follows-
Mouth ulcers, skin diseases
1. Bark decoction for mouth ulcer and skin diseases:
Bark is collected from a mature tree during early part of rainy season. This is dried under sunshade.
A tablespoon of this is added with a cup of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup. Filtered. This is used for mouth gargling.
This is useful in stomatitis, gingivitis.
It is also administered orally, 30 ml, 2 times a day before food for the treatment of eczema, scabies, dermatosis etc
2. Dusting powder for ulcers and wounds:
Bark is dried and fine powder is made. This powder is used for dusting over wounds and ulcers. It heals the wounds faster.
3. Khadira remedy for acne and black heads:
Khadira, Nimba and Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) are taken in equal quantities and paste is made with water.
It is applied externally to improve complexion, to relieve acne, comedos and black heads.
4. Acacia remedy for blisters in young children/neonates:
Khadira and Raktachanadana(red sandal wood) are rubbed well against a stone and mixed. This paste is very effective in blisters appearing over the young children and neonates.
5. Khadira remedy for washing wounds:
Khadira-neem and Giloy – Tinsopora cordifolia are made into decoction and used to wash the chronic ulcers. This helps for early healing of wounds and chronic skin diseases.
Khadira is an age old drug practiced since several centuries in India. It is a very good blood purifier and has the ability to prevent and cure several skin diseases which are challenging now a days.
Regular intake of Khadira added water/hot infusion (Khadirodaka) is said to be good dietary habit to prevent from Diabetes, skin diseases and obesity.
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