Catechu, Cachou, Cutch tree, Black Cutch, Black Catechu.

 Catechu, Cachou, Cutch tree, Black Cutch, Black Catechu.

Sanskrit name: Khadir, Khair
Botanical name: Senegalia catechu, acacia catechu
Habitat: It is native to India.

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Bitter
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances pitta and vata, aggravates kapha

General information

Catechu is highly rich in tannins and flavonoid. Sap from the bark is extracted for various purposes. This extract has antimicrobial properties and is helpful in treating various digestive system related disorders. Ayurveda practitioners use this extract in treating liver disorders. The therapeutic benefits of Catechu are used in treating skin ailments. It also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic properties and helps in relieving the pain. It helps in pitta and vata balancing.


No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

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