Acacia arabica Willd. var. indica Benth.

Unani _ Kanghi, Musht-ul-Ghaul,


Siddha/Tamil _ Thutthi.

Folk _ Kanghi, Kakahi, Kakahiyaa.

Action _ Dried, whole plant—

febrifuge, anthelmintic, demulcent,

diuretic, anti-inflammatory (in

urinary and uterine discharges,

piles, lumbago). Juice of the plant—

emollient. Seeds—demulcent

(used in cough, chronic cystitis),

laxative. Leaves—cooked and

eaten for bleeding piles. Flowers—

antibacterial, anti-inflammatory.

Bark—astringent, diuretic. Root—

nervine tonic, given in paralysis;

also prescribed in strangury.

Along with other therapeutic applications,

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia

of India indicates the use of the root in

gout, polyuria and haemorrhagic diseases.

The plant contains mucilage, tannins,

asparagines, gallic acid and sesquiterpenes.

Presence of alkaloids,

leucoanthocyanins, flavonoids, sterols,

triterpenoids, saponins and cardiac

glycosides is also reported.

Asparagine is diuretic. Gallic acid

is analgesic. Mucilages act by reflex,

loosen cough as well as bronchial tension.

Essential oil—antibacterial, antifungal.

The drug exhibits immunological

activity. It augments antibody in

animals. EtOH (10%) extract of A.

indicum ssp. guineense Borssum, synonym


Medicinal plants of India ; Ayurveda

01 September 2013

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