What other names is Catechu known by?
Black Catechu: Acacia à Cachou, Acacia catechu, Acacia Catechu Heartwood Extract, Black Cutch, Cachou de Pegu, Cachou Noir, Cachou, Cashou, Catechu nigrum, Catecu, Cutch, Dark Catechu, Er Cha, Khair, Khadira, Mimosa catechu, Pegu Catechu.
Pale Catechu: Cachou Pâle, Cube Gambir, Extrait de Brindille/Feuille d'Uncaria Gambier, Gambier, Gambir, Gambir Catechu, Nauclea gambir, Ourouparia gambir, Terra Japonica, Uncaria gambier, Uncaria Gambier Leaf/Twig Extract.
What is Catechu?
Catechu is an herb. The leaves, shoots, and wood are used to make medicine. The two types of catechu, black catechu and pale catechu, contain slightly different chemicals, but they are used for the same purposes and at the same dose.
Catechu is used for diarrhea
, swelling of the nose and throat, dysentery, swelling of the colon
, and cancer
People apply catechu directly to the skin for skin diseases, hemorrhoids
, and traumatic injuries; to stop bleeding; and for dressing wounds
Catechu is included in mouthwashes and gargles used for gum disease
and swelling inside the mouth (stomatitis), sore throat
, and mouth ulcers.
In foods and beverages
, catechu is used as a flavoring agent.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Osteoarthritis. Developing research suggests that taking 500 mg of a specific catechu extract in combination with a specific Baikal skullcap flavonoid extract known as flavocoxid (Limbrel, Primus Pharmaceuticals) twice daily significantly reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Swelling of the nose and throat.
- Swelling in the colon.
- Skin diseases.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of catechu for these uses.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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