Káñchanar, Mountain Ebony, Bauhinia variegata Linn

Sanskrit: Káñchanar


Hindi: Kanchnar

English: Mountain Ebony

Latin:    Bauhinia variegata Linn. (B. racemosa)

Part Used: Bark, root, bud, gum, leaves, seed, flow- ers

Habitat: Sub-Hima- layan tract, forests of India and Burma (Myanmar) Energetics: Sweet, bitter, astringent PK V+

Tissues:  Plasma, blood,

Systems: Digestive, reproductive

Action: Bark—alterative, tonic, astringent; root—carminative; flowers—laxative.

Uses: Best for lymphatic system/glands Worms, gargle with bark liquid for sore throat; bud decoc- tion for cough, bleeding hemorrhoids, hematuria, menorrhagia. Bark emulsified with rice water and ginger for TB, enlargement of neck glands. Bark and ginger paste for TB tumors. Bark decoction for ulcer wash, skin diseases, diarrhea. Buds—di- arrhea, worms, hemorrhoids, dysentery. Root de- coction—indigestion, heartburn, gas, malaria, weight loss (anti-fat); flowers with sugar—gentle laxative; Kañchanar guggulTB tumors, ulcers, skin diseases, gonorrhea, edema, increase white


blood cells. [Ingredients; kañchanar bark (10 parts): ginger, black pepper, long pepper, carda- mom, cinnamon, tejpatra leaves (cassia cinnamon), triphalá (1 part of each of the above herbs)]. This is taken every morning with triphalá or khadira/ (catechu/ acacia catechu, willd.) decoction. Preparation: Emulsion, paste, gargle, decoction

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