Acacia catechu: 3 definitions


Acacia catechu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Cosmetics, Perfumery, Skin care and other Ayurvedic Beauty treatments

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Critical review of Ayurvedic Varṇya herbs

Acacia catechu (Sanskrit: khādira) is the name of a medicinal plant used in Ayurveda to promote skin care and enhance the beauty of the skin (varṇya).—Acacia catechu is considered as the best herb beneficial to the skin in Ayurvedic texts and is highly valuable for its powerful astringent and antioxidant properties due to the presence of catechins. Its methanolic extract has shown remarkable i.e. 44.40% tyrosinase inhibitory activity as compared to aqueous extract exhibiting only 12.78% inhibition. This goes to show its skin lightening property.

Veterinary Medicine (The study and treatment of Animals)

Source: Asian Agri-History: Paśu Āyurvēda (Veterinary Medicine) in Garuḍapurāṇa

Acacia catechu (in Sanskrit: khadira) is used in the treatment of Horses (Gajāyurveda or Aśvāyurveda) in the Garuḍapurāṇa.—[Kuṣṭhacikitsā (treatment of cutaneous infections)]—In any cuetaneous infection a decoction of nimbapatra (neem leaves), paṭola (snake gourd), triphalā (three myrobalans), and Khadira (Acacia catechu) should be successively given for three days to a horse, after raktamokṣaṇa (blood-letting).

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Biology (plants and animals)

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Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Latin names; Binomial nomenclature)

Acacia catechu (L.f.) Willd. is the name of a plant defined in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in modern medicine, Ayurveda, and other local traditions or folk medicine. It has the following synonyms: Acacia catechu (L.f.) Brandis, Acacia catechu (L.f.) Willd. var. catechuoides (Roxb.) Prain, Acacia catechuoides Benth., Acacia catechuoides (Roxb.) Benth., Acacia chundra Willd., Acacia polyacantha Willd., Acacia sundra (Roxb.) Bedd., Acacia wallichiana DC., Mimosa catechu L.f., Mimosa catechuoides Roxb., Senegalia catechu (L.f.) P.J.H. Hurter & Mabb..

References regarding Acacia catechu (L.f.) Willd. for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity:

· Supplementum Plantarum (1782)
· Species Plantarum.
· London Journal of Botany (1842)
· The forest flora of North-West and Central India (1874)
· Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany (1981)
· Flora of Taiwan (1993)
· Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany (1996)
· Plant-Book

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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