Synonyms: Acacia catechu (L.) Willd., Oliv.
Botanical Name: Acacia catechu
Family: Fabaceae \ Mimosoideae
Local Name: Cutch Tree
Sindhi Name: Katha
English Name: black catechu (betel catechu)
Part used; Leaves,shoots
Acacia catechu also commonly called Mimosa catechu. It is a deciduous, thorny tree which grows up to 15 m (50 ft) in height. Bark dark grey orgreyish-brown, peeling off in long strips, or sometimes in narrow rectangular plates, brown or red inside. Branches sleender, puberlous when young but glabrascent, with 2 curved, 8-mm prickles at the base of each peti, 1
Acacia catechu is found in Asia, China, India areas and going the Indian Ocean 2.
Ethnomedicinal Uses in Skin Diseases:
Acacia catechu bark is used topically on wounds as it is very potent wound healing medicinal plant. Acacia catechu Willd is one of most important ingredient used in Paan. People of different ages use it for healing sore throat, wound healing, as astringent and soothing effects in Districts Nawabshah, Sukkur, Tando Muhammad khan, Badin, Jamshoro, Mirpurkhas and Tharparka
The major chemical constituents of Acacia catechu are catechin, epicatechin, gallate, procatechinic acid, tannins, alkaloids, quercetin, kaempferol, and glucosides. Bark and the shiny, black-brown extract of leaves and shoots contain tannins, catechin, catechutannic acid, catechuic acid, catechu red, mucilage, flavonoids, quercetin, quercitrin, resins and gum. Wood contains many flavonoids and α-, B- and γ–catechin. The polysaccharide on hydrolysis yields galactose, arabinose, rhamnose and glucuronic acid, hexasaccharide and trisaccharide3-4.
Medicinal Uses and Pharmacology/ Scientific Studies:
Acacia catechu is used for the treatment of arthritis, itching, and wounds. Seed are used against hemorrhoids. Whole plant is used against the skin dryness and self cracking of skin. an antibacterial mouthwash made from Acacia catechu extract is used for the treatment of gingivitis and mouth sore.5-6 Acacia catechu activity has antioxidant, hypoglycemic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antimycotic, antipyretic, antiinflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial activities.7-8
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- Burnett, B., Jia, Q., Zhao, Y., & Levy, R. (2007). A medicinal extract of Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu acts as a dual inhibitor of cyclooxygenase and 5 – lipoxygenase to reduce inflammation. Journal of medicinal food, 10(3), 442 –451.
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