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ACACIA LEUCOPHLOEA

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Willd.

Synonym ► A. alba Willd.

Family ► Mimosaceae.

Habitat ► Native to West Indies; now occurring throughout India.

English ► Cassie Flower, Cassie Absolute, Sweet Acacia.

Ayurvedic ► Arimeda, Vitkhadira.

Unani ► Vilaayati Kikar, Gandbabuul, Guyaa Babuul, Durgandh Khair.

Siddha/Tamil ► Kastuurivel, Vedday- ala.

Action ► Bark—astringent, demulcent, anthelmintic, antidysenteric, anti-inflammatory (used in stomatitis, ulcers, swollen gums, dental caries, bronchitis, skin diseases).

Ripe pods contain tannins and several polyphenolic compounds. Essential oil from pods—direct muscle relaxant, cardiac depressant and sedative.

Various plant parts are used in insanity, epilepsy, delirium and convulsions.

Family ► Mimosaceae.

Habitat ► Dry regions of the country, especially in Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

English ► White Babul.

Ayurvedic ► Arimeda, Arimedaka, Arimanja, Irimeda, Vitakhadir, Godhaa-skandha, Raamaka.

Unani ► Kath Safed, Vilaayati Babuul, Guyaa Babuul.

Siddha/Tamil ► Valval, Velvayalam.

Folk ► Safed Babuul, Safed Kikar, Renvaa.

Action ► Bark—bitter, demulcent and cooling; used in biliousness and bronchitis. Seeds—haemaggluti- nating activity has been reported. Leaves—antisyphilitic and antibacterial. Gum—demulcent.

EtOH (50%) extract of aerial parts— hypotensive and central nervous system depressant.

The rootbark contains leucophleol, leucophleoxol and leucoxol.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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