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                                                  Brand name:                          Catechu                                                   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.                                                   Avoid If...                          No known medical conditions preclude the use of Catechu.                                                   Special Cautions                          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.                                                   Typical Dosage                                                   Internally: 500 milligrams 3 times daily.                                                   Mouthwash: 20 drops per glass of lukewarm water                                                   Overdosage                          No information on overdosage is available.