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What is Khadir (Acacia catechu)?

Khadir is a well-known herb in Ayurveda which has many benefits and has been used in medicines because of its medicinal properties. This herb belongs to the Mimosoideae family. The herbal tree has dark greyish brown bark which is brown or reddish inside 12-15 mm in thickness with a feathery crown. The leaves of the tree are 9-30 in pairs and leaflets 16-50 pairs. The Khadir tree starts blossoming and producing pods when it is 5-7 years old.

The whole of the tree of khadir is very useful and has been used in ayurvedic medicines. The useful parts are an extract of heartwood, flowering tops, young shoots, the bark, fruits and the gum of the plant. These extracts of the herbal tree are used as an anodyne, bactericide, refrigerant, detergent, astringent, styptic, masticatory, expectorant, stimulant and as an antiphlogistic.

In Burma and Thailand Khadir usually blossoms in August and September, and the pods become mature in January and February. It grows in the greater part of India except humid, cold and the driest regions. It is usually found in Asia, China, India, and the Indian Ocean area.

Khadir Is Also Known With Different Names

  • Hindi Name – Khair
  • English Name – Cutch tree
  • Telugu Name – Chandra, Sandra
  • Tamil Name – Karanagalli
  • Kannada name – Kaggali
  • Marathi name – Khaira
  • Punjabi Name – Khair
  • Urdu Name – Chanbe kaath
  • Oriya Name – Khaira

Classification Of The Herb

  • Kingdom – Plantae
  • Subkingdom – Viridiplantae
  • Superdivision – Embryophyta
  • Division – Embryophyta
  • Class – Magnoliopsida
  • Order – Fabales
  • Family – Fabaceae
  • Genus – Acacia
  • Species – Acacia catechu

What Are The Ayurvedic Qualities And Ayurvedic Uses Of Khadir (Acacia Catechu)?

The herb has the potency to balance and pacify the vitiated tridoshas- Pitta and Kapha dosha.

Ayurvedic Qualities

  • Guna (Qualities) – Laghu (Light to digest), Rooksha (Dry)
  • Rasa (Taste) – Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)
  • Vipaka (Taste conversion after digestion) – Katu (Pungent)
  • Veerya (Potency) – Sheeta (Cold)

Uses As Per Ayurveda

  • Kushtahara – Helpful in skin diseases
  • Panduhara – Beneficial in early stages of liver disorder and anemia
  • Kandughna – Gives relief in itching on the skin
  • Medoghna – Useful in obesity
  • Krumighna – Used in worm attack
  • Mehaghna – Helpful in diabetes and urinary tract disorder
  • Jvaraghna – Used in fever
  • Shothahara – Ease the inflammation
  • Amahara – Relives Ama
  • Pittasra hara – Beneficial in the bleeding disorder
  • Dantya – Improves teeth quality

What Are The Medicinal Properties Of Khadir (Acacia Catechu)?

The Khadir has many medicinal properties through its use in the treatment of many health issues. The properties are-

  • Astringent
  • Antibacterial
  • Refrigerant
  • Stimulant
  • Masticator
  • Expectorant
  • Blood purifier
  • Ama Pachak (Detoxifier)
  • Antipruritics
  • Anthelmintic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-allergic
  • Anti-gout
  • Antihistaminic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Hepatoprotective

Khadir as an herb can be used in many ways but here we are talking about Khadir powder its uses and benefits and this powder is a single herb powder. The ingredient used in the formulation is-

Ingredients Of Khadir Churna

S. No. Herb Used Latin Name Part Used QTY
1. Khadir Senegalia catechu Whole Plant 100 gm

Product Details

  • Package Type: Herbal Powder.
  • Package Quantity: 100 gm. Bottle.
  • These are free from chemicals, preservatives, yeast, pesticides, microbes, heavy metals, fillers, starch, etc.


1 teaspoonful twice daily with lukewarm water after 30 mints of the meal.

How Is Khadir Powder Helpful In Diabetes?

The khadir powder has the property which increases the level of beta cells, thus boost to increase the secretion of more insulin. Due to this property of the herbal powder it’s helpful in Diabetes.

How Is Khadir Powder Helpful In Removing The Ama Toxins?

Khadir powder has the property by which the production of Ama pacifies and eliminates the Ama out of the body. The use of powder will reduce and ends the production of toxins and its accumulation in the intestines.

How Is Khadir Powder Helpful In Acne/ Pimples?

Khadir powder has the antibacterial and astringent property due to it has very effective result in acne, pimples, lumps filled with pus and open- closed pores. The use of this powder reduces the bacterial growth and increases the healing. It also purifies the blood and removes the toxins which stop the acne and pimples.

How Is Khadir Powder Helpful In Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?

The herbal powder is antibacterial, astringent, and blood purifier by nature. The properties of the herbal powder purify the blood and remove the toxins from the body which reduces the skin disorder. It also stops the action of bacteria on the skin.

What Is The Benefit Of Khadir Powder In Hemorrhoids?

Khadir powder has the property to ease the inflammation removes the infection and controls the bleeding which are the main symptoms. When these symptom aggravate in hemorrhoid it can be managed and controlled by Khadir powder.

How Is Khadir Powder Helpful In Gum And Tooth Problems?

Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, Antipruritic and detoxifier are the properties present in the Khadir powder. The use of this herbal powder removes the toxin due to which the formation of mucus, infection, pain, and swelling in the gums also maintains the oral hygiene.

How Does Khadir Powder Resolves Respiratory Problems?

The use of powder ease the inflammation removes the infection and pacifies the kapha dosha which is the reason for the problems in the respiratory system. Problems like asthma, cold, symptoms such as narrowing of airways, bronchial congestion, shortness of breath and few more are treated by the use of Khadir powder.

How Does Khadir Powder Helps In Liver Disorder?

This herbal powder is a good detoxifier which removes the toxins from the liver by. It also eases the swelling and has the property Hepato protective which makes it a guard to protect the liver. By the function and properties of the powder makes it helpful in the treatment of jaundice and splenomegaly. Khadir powder also protects and reduces the toxic effects of alcohol and free radicals.


Khadir powder is primarily used for skin and blood disorders. It works on the main symptoms. The indications are listed below:

  • Acne/Pimples
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Intestinal worms
  • Leprosy
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin Allergies
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Urticaria
  • Swelling
  • Blood Disorder

It also deals with other health issues.

  • Obesity
  • A sore throat
  • Body pain
  • Respiratory system- Asthma, Bronchitis, and cough
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Chest pain
  • Digestion – Dysentery, diarrhea and other problems related to it

Classical Reference

Classical Reference of Khadir, Senegalia catechu


  • Mild irritation or burning sensation in the gut
  • Gastric discomfort
  • Heartburn
  • Pregnant women should always use under the guidance of a physician.
  • Kids also should be given always use under the guidance of a physician.