Medicinal use of Babul tree

Babul(Acacia arabica) is a medicinal tree which is found throughout the drier and sandy parts of India. Its use as datun for teeth cleaning is well known.  Regular use of Babul datun strengthens gums, teeth and also reduces plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation. The other parts of Babul tree used for medicinal purpose are bark, gum, leaves, seeds and pods. Babul leaves, bark, gum and seeds all have antibacterial, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, astringent and haemostatic properties.


Latin name: Acacia arabica Synonym A. nilotica (Linn.)
Family: Mimosaceae
Hindi: Babul, Kikar
English: Babul, Black Babul, Indian Gum arabic tree
Ayurvedic:  Babbuula, Babbuuri, Baavari, Aabhaa, Shuulikaa, Shitaka, Kinkiraata, Yugmakantaka, Sukshmapatra, Pitapushpaka
Gujarati: Babaria, Baval, Kaloabaval
Bengali: Babla, Babul, Babool
Kannada: Gobbli, Karijali
Malyalam: Karivelan, Karuvelum
Oriya: Bambuda, Baubra
Punjabi: Sak
Tamil: Kaluvelamaram,
Karrivelei, Karuvael, Karuvelam
Telegu: Nallatumma, Tumma, Tuma
Unani: Aqaaqia, Babuul, Kikar,Mughilaan, Samur
Siddha: Karu-velamaram, Karuvelei, Velampisin

Action of various parts of Babul

General: Kapahahara, grahi, visaghna
Gum: Grahi, vrsya, sonitasthapana
Fruits: Stambhana, asthisandhanakara

Tooth and gum related problems

Babul is used to brush teeth which cure various oral problems related to teeth and gums. You can use fresh or dried twig. For using dried twig, soak in water at night and use next morning.
You can also use bark of babul for teeth and gum problems. Take babul bark powder, clove, black pepper and mix to prepare tooth powder. Use this powder for massaging gums and teeth cleaning purpose.

Mouth ulcer, weak gums

Chew Babul leaves and keep in mouth for few minutes then spit.

Dhatu rog, Night fall, Leucorrhoea, Prameha, Pradar

Chew Babul leaves (5-7) and drink glass of water in the morning. Do for few days.
Or you can dry Babul leaves in shade then grind and make powder. Take this powder (1-3 gm) with misri empty stomach in morning.
Collect its seed, clean them. Dry in shade. Grind to make powder.

Spermatorrhoea, loss of viscidity of semen, frequent night discharges and premature ejaculation

Collect its pods, clean seeds. Dry in shade. Grind to make powder. Take twice a day with misri.

Eye diseases, Eye infection, redness

Prepare paste of leaves and apply in poultice form on eyes.

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