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 barkSanskrit  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 leavesHabitat: 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
Powder – 1 – 3 grams per day, decoction – 30 – 100 ml per day
Heart wood extract – 500 mg to 1 g per day.

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
Khadiradi kashaya – useful in infested wounds, intestinal worms, skin diseases.

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  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

    • Dr JV Hebbar says:

      Dear Ajay Agarwal, Please consult your doctor. You may require stronger medicines. Regards

  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.

  3. very good informatioh

  4. K VASUDEVAN says:

    Dear Doctor Hebbar

    I am a practitioner of Vedic Astrology, and I am interested in trying basic ayurvedic & herbal medicines together with astrological solutions. Do you have a list of herbs / trees / etc., that are associated with various CONSTELLATIONS such as Goose Berry for Bharani, Etti for Krithika, etc., IF possible I would like to know the exact TAMIL / SANSKRIT NAMES for the same. If you have any such table for instant reference, can you please spare.

    K Vasudevan
    You may send the details to

  5. SUSHIL SHARMA says:

    Major problem is standardization. Which herb in which indication, has to be given in what dosages. How a combination of herbs can be used for so many indications and almost same dosages.. Duration of dosages too is unclear.. We are discussing Ayurveda in general.. Is there an authentic list that emphasizes maintenance and therapeutic dosages of individual herbs ? in different age groups or body weight ? Pl mention the web address if yes…

  6. Prabhakar says:

    Dear doctor as khadiradi gutika contains camphor and areca nut ,is it safe to take this medicine ? Areca nut is carcinogenic and camphor is like poison to our body kindly reply

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      As per Ayurveda, pach karpoora – is edible and areca nut in limited quantities is harmless.

  7. Is there any side effect of Khadira powder?

  8. Doctor,
    My skin on the forearms appeared goosebumpy since many months now. However last month it started itching terribly. And tried to make its way beyond the elbow and wrist. It left certain spots beyond the wrists without much itch. However the itch in the inner part of both forearms was terrible. It appeared like hives – shapeless & slightly bumpy. The skin on that area became terribly dry that much application of oil would do nothing. One some days there won’t be any itch. Yesterday I covered the area in castor oil and a cloth. I do not know whether it is due to that, but the itch reduced drastically. And the area appeared bit oily – after few weeks of dryness. I attempted everything i knew to get rid of this – khadira decotion wash, peepal leaf+ghee, coconut oil, neem oil, castor oil, salt water wash, ate more fruits n veggies that has Vitamin A. I wanted to understand what was causing these in different parts.

    Finally today was my appointment with the doctor. The doc said it was due to allergy, and asked me to avoid Brinjal. I felt he didn’t address the one near the groin area (which i am controlling with lemon grass oil +Coconut oil). He prescribed Saribadyasavam and Avipatthi churnam.
    But when i google-searched it, the Asavam is meant for skin disorders related to diabetes. Am i on the right path? Now i feel i ought to have just bought khadira Arishta as mentioned here. Pls help me with this, as i am confused about the Asavam prescribed, as i do not want to try a medicine meant for something else (as per google search).
    I am 39, and i never had any other health concerns other than these skin irritations which is quite recent, and very embarrassing.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, your doctor’s prescription is correct. Please go ahead with it.
      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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  9. Offerup says:

    Is khadira kashayam Safe for kids ; 3 years old? Thanks

  10. Where can I buy Khadira powder from?

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