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Kachnar
Alternate Names: Bauhinia Variegata,Kanchan, Sihappu mantarai
Part used:
Stem bark, Flowers, Leaves, Seeds.

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Kachanar Tree is one of the most important herb in Ayurvedic medicine system.

Bauhinia is known by several vernacular names such as Kachnar, Kanchan, Sihappu mantarai, Mountain Ebony, Kovidar etc. It is a very popular beautiful tree. It is grown as ornamental tree in gardens and along the roadsides. The leaves of tree are shaped like a camel’s hoof print. It bears beautiful aromatic pink, white or yellow flowers in spring season.

The botanical name of white flower bearing species is Bauhinia variegata and for purple/pink flower is Bauhinia purpurea (Lal Kachnar). Botanical name of yellow flower bearing species is Bauhinia tomentosa and in India.

Bauhinia tree parts have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-malarial, pain reducing, swelling reducing, cytotoxic, fever reducing and thyroid hormone regulating properties. In Ayurveda, the tree is used extensively for treating skin and glandular diseases, leprosy, intestinal worms, tumours, wounds, ulcers, inflammations, scrofula, protoptosis, haemorrhoids, haemoptysis, cough, menorrhagia and bleeding disorders. It is considered best for treating diseases of lymphatic system and glands. Ayurvedic medicine, Kanchnar guggulu is used in treatment of Hypothyroidism.

  • Galaganda is single swelling (cyst) in the throat and Gandamala is chain of swellings around the lower neck (cervical adenitis).
  • For Tonsils, Thyroid Problem Boil bark (20 gm) in water (200 ml) till water reduces to 50 ml. filter and drink.
  • For Jaundice grind leaves of Kachnar to extract juice. This juice can be taken twice a day. Dose for adult patient is 100 ml and for children is 15 ml.
  • For Mouth Ulcers, Bad Breath Take bark (10 gm) of Kachnar tree and boil in water (400 ml) till volume reduces to 100 ml. Filter and gargle frequently.
  • For Diarrhoea Take dried bark and ground to make powder. Take this powder (3 gm) twice a day
  • For Loss of appetite Drink leaves juice of Kachnar.
  • For Burning Sensation in Urine, Urinary Problems Take bark (10 gm), coriander seeds (4 gm) and cook in 250 ml of water. Filter, add misri and drink.
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