Bauhinia variegata, also called mountain ebony, is a flowering plant in the legume family Fabaceae. It is native to the temperate and tropical Indian subcontinent. It is a medium sized deciduous tree.The bark is rough & grayish brown externally and pale-pink inside.
The leaves are bi-lobed, 10-15 cm long and appear like camel’s hoof prints. The flowers are large, fragrant, white or purplish in color. Kachnar is known to have antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antitumour, hepatoprotective, antibacterial, haemagglutinating, haematinic, antimicrobial, antiulcer activities. Kachnar is traditionally used in disorders like Lymphadenopathy, Goitre, Tumor, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, cough, tuberculosis. Kachnar is also used to correct hormonal imbalance & is beneficial for the overall female reproductive system. It is used in treatment of PCOD, hypothyroidism and endometritis.
- Rasa (taste): Kashaya (Astringent)
- Veerya (nature): Sheeta (Cold)
- Vipaka (taste developed through digestion): Katu (Pungent)
- Guna (qualities):Laghu, Ruksha (Light, Dry)
- Doshas (effect on humors): Balances Pitta & Kapha
Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) Extract Tannins 5% by Gravimetry
Common Name Kachnar Botanical Name Bauhinia variegata Standardization Tannins 5% Test Method Gravimetry Part Used Barks Application Enlarged Gland