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Babool: Acacia arabica

Babool promotes healing and proper union of bones in fracture
Babool corrects the working of digestive system
Babool possesses anti microbial properties and often recommended for dental health
Babool also possesses anti diabetic properties
Babool is recommended in conditions of excessive bleeding especially bloody diarrhoea and excessive bleeding during menstruation.

Common Name:
Babool (Eng.)

Sanskrit Name:

  • Babool,
  • Kinkirat;
  • Yugamkantaka;
  • Drudharuha;
  • Sukshmapatra;
  • Malaphala;
  • Kikar

Lt. Name:
Acacia arabica - Leguminosae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa: Kashaya (Astringent)
  • Guna: Guru (Heavy); Ruksha (Non- unctuous)
  • Virya: Shita (Cold)
  • Vipaka: Katu (Pungent)

Effect of  Babool on Tridoshas:
Babool Pacifies Pitta and Kapha Doshas so it can be used effectively in diseases of Pitta and Kapha origin.

Therapeutic Uses of Babool in Ayurveda:

  • Grahi: Babool supports the digestive system and works well in digestive upsets like diarrhoea.
  • Kushtha jit: Babool nourishes the skin and very useful in skin diseases.
  • Krimihara: Babool is a very good anti infectious Ayurveda herb. It is specially recommended as tooth paste in all dental problems.
  • Vishapaha: Babool is a good anti oxidant Ayurveda herb.
  • Rakta atisar hara: Babool is specially recommended in bloody diarrhoea.
  • Pradarnashana: Babool is recommended in excessive bleeding during menstrual cycle.
  • Bhagna sandhanak: Babool promotes proper union of bone in fracture.
  • Lekhana: Babool possesses scraping action which makes it useful fat deposits in the body.

Buy Babool

Babool Fruit Powder 2 oz 3.65US$

Babool Fruit Powder 4 oz 6.25US$

Babool Fruit Powder 1/2 Lb 10.55US$

Babool Fruit Powder 1 Lb 18.95US$

Babool Fruit Capsules 60capsules  9.55US$

Babool Leaves Powder 2 oz 3.15 US$


Babool Leaves Powder 4 oz 5.65 US$

Babool Leaves Powder 1/2 Lb 10.15 US$

Babool Leaves Powder 1 Lb 18.25US$

Babool Leaves Capsules 60 capsules  9.85US$

Medicinal value of Babool:

  • Anti Diabetic: The powdered seeds of Acacia arabica and roots of Caralluma edulis were administered in doses of 2, 3 and 4 gm/kg body-weight to normal and alloxan-diabetic rabbits. The blood glucose levels were estimated before and 2, 4, 6 and 8 hours after the administration of plant suspension. The powdered seeds of Acacia arabica exerted a significant (P less than 0.05) hypoglycemic effect in normal rabbits. The hypoglycemic effect was not significant (P greater than 0.01) in alloxan diabetic rabbits. The powdered roots of Caralluma edulis did not produce any significant (P greater than 0.01) hypoglycaemic effect in normal as well as in alloxan diabetic rabbits. The doses used did not show any acute toxicity and behavioural changes. From this study it may be concluded that the powdered seeds of Acacia arabica act by initiating the release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells of normal rabbits. Moreover, Caralluma edulis did not show any hypoglycaemic effect in normal as well as in diabetic rabbits.
    • Effects of Acacia arabica and Caralluma edulis on blood glucose levels of normal and alloxan diabetic rabbits Wadood A, Wadood N, Shah SA.
  • Anti Microbial: There are various plants, which are used as chewing sticks in different parts of the world. The aim of this study was to compare the antimicrobial effect of aqueous extract of seven different types of chewing sticks found in other Asian countries.  The ditch plate method was used to test the antimicrobial activity of seven Asian chewing sticks. It was found that at there was antimicrobial effect on Streptococcus fecalis at 50% concentration of Kikar (Acacia arabica) and Arak (Salvadora persica).  The inhibition zones up to 2 mm were found in those two chewing stick extracts.  It is recommended that the chewing sticks will be a great help in developing countries with financial constraints and limited oral health care facilities for their populations.
  • Anti Viral: An aqueous preparation from Acacia arabica(locally known as “babul”) leaves (BExt) was assessed for its in vitro antiviral activity using peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV) as a test model in the Vero cell system. Cytopathic effect (CPE) inhibition, virus titration, cell ELISA, sandwich-ELISA (s-ELISA), and PCR assays were used to determine the antiviral effects (at maximum noncytotoxic concentrations 150 and 200 μg/mL) against PPRV, and in vitro cytotoxicity assays established the relative safety concentration of the BExt for the cells. BExt inhibited viral infectivity drastically in terms of decreased virus titer and antigen load in a dose-dependent. This indicates that active principle(s) of BExt either inactivated the virus or inhibited the viral release. Real-time PCR data based on nucleoprotein gene showed 196.7-and 770.6-fold reduction in the viral load in the presence of BExt concentrations of 150 and 200 μg/mL respectively, indicating the efficacy of BExt in inhibiting PPRV multiplication. These data suggest that extracts of A. arabica could be a potential natural antiviral agent for management of PPR disease and also a possible addition in the traditional phyto-antiviral repertoire for viral disease control.
    • Potential Effect of Acacia arabica on Peste des Petits Ruminants. Virus Replication V. Balamurugan, A. Sen, P. Saravanan, V. Bhanuprakash, R. C. Patra, D. Swamp, Mahesh Kumar, M. P. Yadav and R. K. Singh

Useful part of Babool: 
Bark; Fruits; exudates 


  • Acacia gum may interact with amoxicillin preventing body from absorbing this antibiotic. According to "Therapeutic Herb Manual," you should always wait at least four hours after taking amoxicillin to take acacia fiber supplements.
  • Further, you should not take acacia fibre with iron supplements.
Doses of Babool:
Decoction of bark: 50-100ml; Bark Powder: 3-6 gm; Fruit powder: 3-6gm; Exudates: 3-6gm

Some combinations with Babool:
Baboolarishta, Lavangadi Vati 

Some important notes about Babool:
  • Decoction of Babool bark is used in gargling for relieving mouth, teeth and throat problems.
  • Babool bark powder is very useful in excessive bleeding during menstruation and white discharge per vaginum  

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