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Acacia catechu

Acacia, popularly known as babul, is a large tree, upto 14 meters highs, with throns on its branches. It has darkish grey bark and yellow flowers in spherical heads.

This tree planted for barks. It yields a gum, known as babul gum. The bark of babul tree contains tannin and gallic acid. The leaves and fruits of the tree also contain tannin and gallic acid.

acasia catechu

Therapeutic Uses:

Healing power and curative properties:
The leaves, the bark, the pods and gum of the tree have medicinal virtues. The leaves and the bark are useful in arresting secretion or bleeding. The pods help remove catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes. The gum allays any irritation of the skin and soothes the inflamed membranes of the pharynx, alimentay canal and genito-urinary organs.

The various parts of babul tree are useful in diarrhoea of ordinary intensity. A mixture of equal parts of the tender leaves withwhite and black cumin seeds (Zeera) can be administered in doses of 12 grams, thrice daily. An infusion made of the bark of the tree may also be taken thrice daily for the same purpose. The gum used either in decoction or in syrup, is an effective medicine for diarrhoea.

Teeth disorders:

Chewing of fresh bark of this tree daily, helps strengthen loose teeth and arrest any bleeding from the gums. Dirty teeth can be cleaned effectively by brushing them with a powder in which 60 grams of charcoal of babul wood, 24 grams of roasted alum and 12 grams of rock salt have been included.

The bark of babul tree is useful in the treatment of eczema. About 25 grams each of this bark and the mango bark should be boilded in about 1 litre of water and the vapours allowed fomenting the affected part. After the fomentation, the affected part should be anointed with ghee.

A docoction of the bark, mixed with rock salt, should be used as a gargle in treating tonsilitis.

The leaves of babul tree are effective in the treatment of conjuctivitis. The leaves, ground to a paste, should be applied on the affected eyes at night, supported by a bandage which should be untied the next morning. This removes pain and redness.

The leaves are beneficial in treating epiphora that is watering of the eyes, in which tears flow onto the cheeks due to abnormality of the tear drainage system. About 250 grams of leaves should be boiled in one and a quarter litre of water until only a quarter litre of water is left. This should then be filtered and kept in a well-corked bootle. The eye-lids should be painted morning and evening with this liquid.

The bark of the tree is useful in lercorrhoea. Its decoction should be used as a viginal douche for treating this disorder.

Other uses:
Fresh pods of babul tree are effective in sexual disorders like spermatorrhoea, frequent night discharges, loss of viscidity of the semen and premature ejaculation. In Ayurveda, a preparation made from the pods is considered higly beneficial in treating these disorders. Ti is prepared thus: about 1 to 1.5 meters of coarse cloth is spread evenly and its corners secured. The fresh pods of babul tree are pounded and their juice squeezed. This fress juice is pasted on the cloth every morning and evening for at least 20 days until a 5-6 centimeters thick layer is formed on it. A small piece of this cloth weighing 5-9 grams is cut and boiled in a litre of cow's mild which is taken after adding brown sugar to taste.

It is also said to increase the power of retention of the semen. Even extremely debilitated patients suffering from the bad consequences of masturbation are believed to get rejuveneted by its use and attain normal retentive powder. It improves viscidity of the semen and is an excellent medicine for spermatorrhoea.

Another preparation made from the pods is also a very effective remedy for spermatorrhoea. Tender, seedless pods are dried in shade, powdered and mixed with an wqual weight of brown sugar. Six grams of this mixture may be taken with milk in the morning.

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