The Babul ayurvedic herb is great astringent and is equally useful as dentrifice, anti-hemorrhagic agent, anti-diarrheal. So its astringent property is useful in abdominal, respiratory, sexual, menstrual and dental disorders.
See the herb pictures of Babul or Acacia arabica.
Three Varieties Of Acacia Arabica In Ayurveda Texts:
- ‘Telia’ or Oily Babul: The plant of this variety is of medium size.
- ‘Kaudia’ Babul: The plant of this variety is small and its bark is rough and in layers with scraped looks. It was found in ‘Vidarbha’ and ‘Khanadesa’. This is also known as Variety Vediana Cooke.
- ‘Ramkanta’ Babul: The branches of this variety is upward, giving this tree the appearance of a broom. It is commonly found in Punjab, Rajasthan and Southern states of India. This is also known as Variety Cupressiformis Stewart.
This Ayurvedic herb is commonly found in dry forest areas.
This evergreen tree is of medium height around 25 to 30 feet. It looks like a bush.
The Stem & Branches:
The bark is dark either brownish or greyish with longitudinal cleavages. The branches are simple, spiked. Spikes are white, sharp and 0.5 to 2 inch long. There are two spikes below the petiole of the leaf.
There are 10 to 12 pair of leaflets of 1/8 to 1/4 inch long. The uppermost and lowermost leaflets have small glands at the roots.
Yellow flowers of 1/2 inch diameter are sweet and fragrant. Flowering occurs in August to September.
It is 3 to 6 inch long, 1/2 inch wide. There are 8 to 12 seeds in the flat legume. The legume is constricted in between seeds. Fruition period is from January to April.
THE TREE OF BABUL OR ACACIA ARABICA
THE CLOSER LOOK AT THE BABUL TREE
THE BARK OF THE BABUL OR ACACIA ARABICA TREE
THE LEAVES AND SPIKES OF THE BABUL OR ACACIA ARABICA TREE