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Babool

Babool
Babool is also known as the “Healing tree” as all of its parts (bark, root, gum, leaves, pods, seeds) are used for various medicinal purposes.
According to Ayurveda, chewing small pieces of fresh Babool bark is good for managing oral health problems as it strengthens gums and teeth due to its astringent property.. Babool also helps in the management of diarrhea by decreasing intestinal motility due to its Keshya property. It also provides relief from cold and cough symptoms as well as sore throat by promoting the removal of sputum from the air passages and eases breathing. Consuming Babool gum powder along with water once a day helps in relieving joint pain due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Applying a paste of Babool leaf powder and coconut oil helps manage oral problems such as plaque formation and gingivitis due to its antibacterial property.
An important precaution with Babool is that it should always be used with coconut oil on skin in case you have a hypersensitive skin. Also, excessive intake of Babul powder might cause hyperacidity[1-3].

What are the synonyms of Babool?

Acacia nilotica, Indian Gum Arabic tree Babul, Thorn mimosa, Egyptian acacia, Thorny acacia, Babla, Black Babul, Babaria, Baval, Kaloabaval, Kikar, Gobbli, Karijali, Karivelan, Karuvelum, Babhul, Vedibabul, Babhula, Bambuda, Baubra, Sak, Kaluvelamaram, Karrivelei, Karuvael, Karuvelam, Nallatumma, Tumma, Tuma

What is the source of Babool?

Plant Based

Benefits of Babool

1. Oral problems
Chewing small pieces of fresh bark of babool tree can be good for oral health. It not only help strengthen the teeth but heals the gum due to its Kashaya (astringent) property.

2. Diarrhea and Lose motion
Babool bark helps to treat diarrhea and lose motion because Babool has Kashaya(astringent) and reduce Ama(Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) properties which help to improve metabolism, give strenght to intestine and control diarrhea or lose motion

3. Leucorrhea
Chew 5-8 Babool leaves and drink a glass of water in the morning daily to cure vaginal white discharge in female and Dhat rog in male due to its coolant and astringent effects.

4. Cough and Cold
Babool Bark is helpful in the treatment of cold symptoms as well as relieving sore throat that is associated with cold and cough due to its Kapha balancing property which helps to melt excessive sputum and give relief from a cough and cold.

5. Arthritis and Fractured bone
Babool gum works on arthritis pain as well as also helps in the fracture to fasten the union of fractured ends for proper healing of internal injuries when its taken orally due to its Vata balancing and Ropan(healing) nature.

Precautions when using Babool

Advice from Experts
scientific
Modern Science View
Consult your doctor while taking Babool if you have respiratory disorders[4].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid taking Babool should if you have constipation.
Breastfeeding
scientific
Modern Science View
Avoid to take Babool during breastfeeding[4].
Pregnancy
scientific
Modern Science View
Avoid to take Babool during pregnancy[4].
Side Effects
Important
scientific
Modern Science View
1. Gas
2. Bloating
3. Nausea
4. Loose motions[4].
severe medicine interaction
scientific
Modern Science View
Babool may decrease the absorption of antibiotic amoxicillin. So it is generally advisable to consult your doctor while taking Babool along with amoxicillin[4].

Recommended Dosage of Babool

  • Babool Churna - ¼ - ½ teaspoon twice a day
  • Babool Capsule - 1-2 capsule twice a day
  • Babool Gum - ¼ - ½ teaspoon once a day

How to use Babool

1. Babool Churna
a. Take ¼ - ½ of Babool Churna.
b. Add with honey or water to it and take preferably after meals.

2. Babool Capsule
a. Take 1-2 Capsule of Babool Capsule.
b. Swallow it with water preferably after meals.

3. Babool Gum
a. Take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Babool gum powder
b. Added with water and heated for 2-3minutes
have it one time in a day

Benefits of Babool

1. Wound
Babool gum is an excellent healer due to its Ropan (healing) and Kashaya(astringent) ( properties. As a result, balool gum is used to heal and checks bleeding when applied externally minor wound or skin injury.

2. Skin disease
Babool bark powder cures skin problems like eczema and fungal infection due to its Kashaya (astringent) quality.

3. Bleeding Piles
Babool powder shows good result in pain or bleeding piles due to its Sita ( cold) potency and Kashaya (astringent) properties.

4. Burn Injuries
Babool bark powder helps to cure burn injuries because it stimulates the healing process of burn injuries and controls the scar formation due to its Kashya(astringent) and Ropan(healing) property.

Precautions when using Babool

Allergy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Babool with coconut oil when applied externally if you have any hypersensitivity or allergy.
Side Effects
Important
scientific
Modern Science View
1. Conjunctivitis
2. Allergic rhinitis
3. Rash[4].

Recommended Dosage of Babool

  • Babool Powder - 1-2 teaspoon or as per your requirement
  • Babool Gum - ½ - 1 teaspoon or as per your requirement

How to use Babool

1. Babool Powder
a. Take ¼ to ½ teaspoon of Babool powder.
b. Make a pastewith coconut oil
c. Apply on the affected area
d. Use this remedy 1 time a day or three times a week for faster relief.

2. Babool Gum
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Babool gum.
b. Apply on the wound.
c. Wash thoroughly with tap water after 2-3 hours.
d. Use this remedy 1 time a day or three times a week for faster relief.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are the chemical constituents of Babool?

scientific
Modern Science View
Babool is considered as a rich source of phenolic compounds, tannins, sucrose, gallic acid, mucilage, saponins, stearic acid, chlorides etc. These constituents are responsible for its pharmacological properties. It has a bitter and an astringent taste. The tender twigs are used as toothbrushes while the thorns (Katte) are used to treat joints pains.

Q. What forms of Babool are available in the market?

scientific
Modern Science View
Babool is available in the market in the following forms:
1. Gum
2. Capsule
3. Churna
These products forms are present in the market under various brands such as Kamdhenu labs, Dark forest, Palash, Vita greens. You can choose the product according to your requirement and liking.

Q. Can I take Babool on an empty stomach?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Babool can be taken an empty stomach because it has Sita(cold) and Kashaya( astringent) properties which help to reduce hyperacidity if you have.

Q. Can Babool be used for urinary disorder treatment?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Babool is beneficial in the management of urinary disorders. The bark of Babool tree has antimicrobial properties and is very effective on bacteria like Escherichia coli which is responsible for most of the urinary complications[3].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Babool might help manage urinary disorders, which generally occurs due to an imbalance of Vata or Pitta dosha and result in accumulation of toxins that starts obstructing the urinary tract. This is due to its Vata-Pitta balancing and Mutral (diuretic) properties. It results in an increased production of urine which helps to remove toxins, thus reducing the symptoms of urinary disorders.
Tip:
a. Take ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Babool churna.
b. Mix with honey or water and take it preferably after meals.

Q. Can Babool be used to stop the problem of nightfall in men?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes traditionally, the pods of Babool plant is useful in managing sexual disorders like nightfall; however it is not scientifically proven through any mechanism of action[2].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Babool might help manage nightfall in men which generally occurs due to an imbalance of Vata dosha. This is due to its Vata balancing and Vrishya (aphrodisiac) properties.
Tip:
a. Take 1-2 Babool capsule.
b. Swallow it with water preferably after meals.

Q. Is Babool helpful in managing teeth disorders?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Babool is helpful in managing teeth disorders like plaque formation, gingivitis etc. It is because Babool consist of tannins and gallic acid which have antibacterial, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, haemostatic and astringent properties that helps to manage tooth infections and inflammations[5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Tip:
a. Use toothpaste having Babool as an active ingredient to brush your teeth twice a day.
b. Repeat daily for better results.

Q. Is Babool useful in fighting ringworm infection?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Babool helps in fighting against ringworm infection due to the antifungal property of the stem bark. It is effective against certain fungal strains like Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger[1].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Ringworm is known as Dadru which is a fungal disease of the skin. It leads to conditions like itching and burning sensation due to the imbalance of Kapha and Pitta. Babool might fight against ringworm infections due to its Kashaya (astringent) and Ropan (healing) properties. It helps to prevent the infection and heal the skin of the affected area.
Tip:
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon of Babool powder.
b. Make a paste with coconut oil.
c. Apply on the affected area.
d. Use this remedy once a day or thrice a week for faster relief from fungal infections.

Q. Can Babool be used for the treatment of mouth ulcers?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Babool might help manage mouth ulcers due to its antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties. It works by reducing the growth of oral bacteria and maintains the pH of the mouth[7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Babool might help manage mouth ulcers due to its Ropan (healing), Kashaya (astringent) and Sita (cold) properties. It helps in quick healing of the affected area and provide a cooling effect.

References

  1. Mohammad R, Shariq S ,Roohi Z.Bark of Acacia Arabica – A nature’s gift: An overview.International Research Journal of Medical Sciences.2014;2(5):20-24.
  2. Rajvaidhya S, Nagori BP, Singh GK.A review on Acacia Arabica - An Indian medicinal plant.Int J Pharm Sci Res.2012;3(7):1995.
  3. Roqaiya M , Begum W,Jahufer R.Acacia arabica (Babool) - A review on ethnobotanical and unani traditional uses as well as phytochemical and pharmacological properties.Phytopharmacol Res.2015;4(6):315-321.
  4. Ulbricht CE.Natural Standard:Herb and Supplement Guide, An Evidence Based Reference.Elsevier;2010.
  5. Tangade PS, Mathur A, Tirth A, et al.Anti-gingivitis effects of Acacia arabica-containing toothpaste.The Chinese Journal of Dental Research.2012;15(1):49-53.External Link
  6. Borghi SM, Pinho-Ribeiro FA, Fattori V, et al.Quercetin inhibits peripheral and spinal cord nociceptive mechanisms to reduce intense acute swimming-induced muscle pain in mice.PLoS One. 2016;11(9):e0162267.External Link
  7. Gupta A, Bhowate R, Srivastava R, et al. Clinical evaluation of Babool Neem toothpaste in oral hygiene and dental care.International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research.2016;8(2):57.External Link
Disclaimer
The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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