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Kachnar Ayurvedic Properties Medicinal Uses and Dosage

Kachnar is the fruit of the Orchid tree. The kachnar flowers and the buds taste bitter when they are raw. They are used in pickles heavily in India and are a delicacy enjoyed especially – with meat. It mainly grows in spring. Kachnar leaves help to lower the blood glucose level and control diabetes. The stem of Kachnar helps to facilitate a better metabolism. As per Ayurveda, consuming Kachnar powder along with honey or lukewarm water helps to manage the thyroid imbalance.

Kachnar heals wounds by producing new cells. It helps to fight the free radicals and boosts immunity with its anti-oxidant properties. It aids swelling with its anti-inflammatory properties. According to Ayurveda, when mixed with honey it acts as one cleansing agent for the skin – provides relief from problems like itches, acne, pimples, etc. It has a cooling effect on the skin due to its astringent properties.


  • Kingdom: Plantae.
  • Order: Fabales.
  • Family: Fabaceae.
  • Genus: Bauhinia.
  • Species: Variegata.

Kachnar Habitat:

Kachnar is native to the warm temperate and subtropical regions across the Globe. Hence, it is mostly found in the Southeast Asian countries of India, Pakistan, China, Myanmar, and Nepal. In India, it is primarily found in East Indian states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and in the Southern belt of India.

Ayurvedic Properties:

Kachnar has astringent properties, hence it has kashaya rasa. It is a light and dry element. That is, it has a laghu and rooksha guna. Kachar has cold potency. It is of sheeta virya. It has a pungent effect post digestion. Therefore, it has a katu vipaka. The fruit of Kachnar is sour and sweet. Every part of the Kachnar plant has exceptional healing properties.

Effects on doshas:

It helps to strike a balance between the Kapha and vita dosha. It promotes a healthy digestive fire; It helps to pacify the pitta dosha by aiding worm infection, bleeding disorders. The flowers of Kachnar are very effective in treating cough cold and other respiratory disorders. It balances the Tridosha. It promotes better coordination amongst the various systems in the body. It acts like a Deepan or appetizer.

Kachnar Medicinal Uses

1. Helps to treat hemorrhoids

The Kachnar flowers help to treat hemorrhoids. The hemorrhoids result from inflammation of the blood vessels in the anal area, which makes the passage of stool very painful. The anti-inflammatory properties of Kachnar help to reduce the swelling and pain due to hemorrhoids. It thereby makes the passage of stool easier.

2. Treat hypothyroidism

The bark of Kachnar helps to fix the problem of Kapha dosha in the body. It helps to fix the imbalance in the balance of the level of hormones from the thyroid. This is because Kachnar helps to get rid of the Kapha from the body.

3. Anti-cancerous properties

Kachnar slows down the growth of the cancer cells and thereby prevents cancer.

4. Cures diarrhea due to indigestion

The Kachnar bark helps to makes the digestive system better, it aids stomach problems. It cleanses the digestive tract and acts as an appetizer. The astringent properties of Kachnar have a cooling effect on the digestive system.

5. Helps to cure diabetes

The extract of Kachnar contains chemicals like insulin which helps to lower the sugar levels and brings them under control.

6. Purification of Blood

The bitter flowers of kachnar act as a blood purifier. It is extremely beneficial for females as it helps to regulate the menstrual flow. It cleanses the blood and therefore the other essential organs of the body too, like the liver.

7. Treatment of Digestive System Problems

The flowers of Kachnar help in building a healthy digestive system. It helps in the working of the alimentary canal. Kachnar especially in pickles helps to strengthen the intestines and promote a better function of the same. When consumed along with ginger, it helps to cleanse the stomach.

8. Ease burning sensation

The extract of Kachnar bark helps to provide relief from the burning sensation while urinating. Many people experience a burning sensation when passing urine.

9. Cures diuresis

Kachnar roots aids dieresis.

10. Regulating of Blood Flow during Menstruation – Menorrhagia hemolysis

Using powdered Kachnar leaves supports the healthy circulation of blood throughout the body. Hence, it is typically very good for women as it aids excessive bleeding during the menstrual cycle.

12. Healing Internal Wounds

The flowers of Kachnar are very effective in healing the internal wound in the body.

13. Treats oral disorders

The bark powder of the Kachnar tree helps to fight the bacteria and germs in the mouth. It is very effective in killing the bacteria and restoring the pH balance in the mouth. It keeps the mouth free from bad breath naturally.

14. Treatment for Cough

Kachnar flowers are a very important ingredient that cures cough and cleanses the respiratory tract with its anti-bacterial properties.

15. Useful for rectal prolapse

The extract of Kachnar leaves helps to provide relief from the condition of rectal prolapsed by making the rectum stronger.

16. Antidote for snake bites

The extracts of Kachnar are very useful in curing snake bites as it overcomes the effects of poison with their antioxidant properties.


The recommended dosage is:

  • Kachnar Bark Powder: 1-3 gm
  • Kachnar based decoction: 40-80ml
  • Flower extract of Kachnar: 10-20ml

The dosage of Kachnar is best decided, as per the requirements after discussion with the physician.

Kachnar in all its various forms – seeds, fruits, flowers; should be consumed in a limited quantity. If consumed more than the regulated amount, then it might lead to severe constipation and other digestive problems.

Note: Our purpose is to serve useful information related to Kachnar‘s benefits, dosage, and other properties. It is advised to the patients not to consume Kachnar on the basis of this information. Before taking Kachnar as a medicine it is better to have an expert opinion because dosage and treatment vary from patient to patient depending on their symptoms and medical history.

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Dr. Ranjana Kaushal (MD Ayurveda) has 11 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda. Right now she is working as an Ayurveda consultant with Life Aveda. She has immense knowledge about herbs, their uses, and formulations. She has published articles related to many herbs and diseases in an international journal. She is also a degree holder in yoga and naturopathy. Read More..

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