Acacia Catechu Extract
Plant Origin: Acacia catechu (Linn. f.) Willd.
Part Used: Wood without bark
Specification: 6:1; 40% Catechins (catechin, epicatechin)
Appearance: Fine brown powder
Solubility: Soluble in water
Molecular formula: C15H14O6·H2O
Molecular weight: 308.28
Acacia Catechu extract is derived from heartwood of Acacia catechu, a member of Leguminoseae family. The chief constituent are constituents of the heartwood are catechin and epicatechin. Bark of cutch tree is astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti cardiovascular in nature.
Catechins have significant antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. It is considered to be the best antioxidant. The antioxidant capacities are evaluated in terms of ascorbate equivalents by different methods. The extract restores antioxidant enzyme superoxide(SOD) from the radiation inducing damage.
It is useful in dental, oral, throat infections and as an astringent for reducing oozing from chronic ulcers and wounds. Acacia has a considerable antimicrobial effect. It is used as a mouthwash for mouth, gum, sore throat, gingivitis, dental and oral infections. A survey shows that they are being used as chewing sticks in various parts of the world, due to its antimicrobial effect and hence considered as valuable ingredient for dental care preparations and more.
Acacia Catechu extract is useful in passive diarrhea, high blood pressure, dysentery, colitis, gastric problems, bronchial asthma, cough, leucorrhoea and leprosy. And useful in passive diarrhea, high blood pressure, dysentery, colitis, gastric problems. Acacia Catechu extract is also used to protect liver and gall.