Latin name: Acacia catechu
Other name: Cutch
A Remedy For
Although of undetermined efficacy,
Catechu is sometimes used as a sore
throat remedy. Other uses include
gingivitis, colitis, diarrhea, and
bleeding. In Asian medicine, it is
also recommended for diabetes, skin
diseases, toothaches, and
inflammation in the mouth.
What It Is; Why It Works
Catechu is extracted from the
heartwood of a medium-sized Indian tree
through a process of steam
distillation. It is believed to have antiseptic and astringent qualities, fighting germs
and drying the tissues. It is produced in India and Southeast Asia.
No known medical conditions preclude
the use of Catechu.
At customary dosage levels, Catechu
appears to present no problems.
Possible Drug Interactions
No interactions have been reported.
Special Information If You Are
Pregnant or Breastfeeding
No harmful effects are known.
How To Prepare
Catechu is used in the form of an
alcohol solution (tincture) which can be taken internally, used in a
mouthwash, or painted directly onto inflamed tissues in the mouth.
Internally: 500 milligrams 3 times
Mouthwash: 20 drops per glass of
No information on overdosage is