Khadira – Acacia catechu – Uses, Qualities, Ayurveda Details

Khadira is a very famous skin benefiting Ayurvedic herb. Its botanical name is Acacia catechu and it belongs to Mimosoideae family. A famous Ayurvedic skin tonic – Khadirarishta is prepared with this herb as the main ingredient.

Khadira - Acacia catechu

 

Acacia catechu treeHindi name – Khair
English name – Cutch tree
Telugu name – Chandra, Sandra
Tamil Name – Karanagalli
Kannada name – Kaggali

Khadira - Acacia catechu bark

Sanskrit  Synonyms:
Khadira – that which cures disease and brings stability to body.
Raktasara – Extract of which is red in colour
Kantaki – having thorns
Dantadhavana – useful as tooth brush.
Yajniya – the wood of this tree is used in Yajna, Homa etc, spiritual practices  as fuel.
Balapatra – having small sized leaves
Khadira - Acacia catechu leaves

Habitat: The tree is abundantly found in MP, Gujarat, Maharashtra, AP, TN and Karnataka, upto 1200 meters from sea level.
Its heart wood extract is called as Khadira Sara. It is used as ingredient in many medicines such as Lavangadi Vati

Acacia catechu medicinal qualities:
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Rooksha (dry)
Rasa (Taste) – Tikta (bitter), kashaya (astringent)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Katu (pungent)
Veerya (potency) – Sheeta (cold)
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Kapha and Pitta.

khadira- Acacia catechu - Uses

Of all the herbs to treat skin diseases, Khadira is the greatest.
Of all the astringent herbs that are used as tooth brush, Khadira is the best.
Water decoction (Kashaya) of Khadira is instantly useful in diabetes and urinary tract disorders.
Dantya – improves quality of teeth
Kandughna – relieves itching, pruritis
Kasaghna – Useful in cough, cold
Medoghna – Useful in obesity
Krumighna – Useful in worm infestation
Mehaghna – Useful in diabetes and urinary tract disorders
Jvaraghna – Useful in fever
Shvitraghna – Useful in leucoderma
Shothahara – relieves inflammation
Amahara – relieves Ama (a state of indigestion and malabsorption at digestive and cellular levels).
Pittasra hara – useful in bleeding disorders
Panduhara – useful in anemia, early stages of liver diseases
Kushtahara – Useful in skin diseases

In any skin disease, Khadira decoction should be used for bathing and drinking.

Part used: Stem bark, heart wood, flowers
Dosage:
Powder – 1 – 3 grams per day, decoction – 30 – 100 ml per day
Heart wood extract – 500 mg to 1 g per day.

Research:
Pharmacognosy
Phytochemical analysis

Ayurvedic medicines with Khadira ingredient:

Khadiradi Gutika for cough
Khadirarishtam - useful in skin diseases
Khadiradi Vati - useful in teeth diseases, dental caries, etc
Dashamoolarishtam
Khadiradi kashaya - useful in infested wounds, intestinal worms, skin diseases.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. ajay agarwal says:

    I m taking khadira gutika from some days but still suffering from irritating cough…..the medicine has given me no relief

  2. Anil Sharma says:

    Dear Dr., I am told that the foods that contain Catechins are good for reducing obesity. And Acacia catechu is supposed to contain a lot of the same. If so, please suggest some Ayurvedic Medicine which contain the extract of the same in good quantity. Thanks and regards,- Anil Sharma,CA, New Delhi.

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