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Acacia Bark Uses and Its Health Benefits

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Acacia Bark Uses and Its Health Benefits

Acacia Bark is an ancient treatment used mainly for digestive disorders and diarrhea.  It is an astringent that is rich in tannic acid, and recent research has discovered that an extract from this highly astringent herb may block the body’s pain triggers.

Acacia Bark Description

Acacia-pendula-barkA native of Australia, where there are more than seven hundred species, Acacia Bark has been prized for its commercial value, as well as its medicinal applications. Also known as Wattle Bark and Black Wattle, it is collected from wild or cultivated trees that are seven years or older.  For medicinal purposes, the bark must be allowed to mature for a year, and it is often substituted in medical applications for Oak Bark.  Although they are different in appearance, both have an astringent taste.

Acacia Bark History

Acacia Bark is hard and woody with a rusty, brown color, and because it contained large amounts of tannin and gallic acid, its powerful astringency made it the backbone of the Australian and New Zealand tanning industry. The timber itself was used commercially, and the bark, also known as Babul, became a mainstay in the area’s tanning and dyeing industries. That same astringency has special use when employed medicinally.

Acacia Bark Uses

When used mainly in the form of a decoction, Acacia Bark is well known for its treatment of diarrhea and digestive ailments, and the decoction is used as an astringent, mouthwash and lotion. Acacia Bark has also been used in the treatment of dysentery.

Acacia (or Indian Gum Arabic) is commonly used in maintaining dental hygiene. The fresh twigs have long been used for the protection of gums and teeth, and recent studies indicated that Acacia was found to inhibit the growth of germs in the oral cavity. The herb is used as an external application for mouth ulcers. Further, extract of Indian gum Arabic tree has been found to reduce gingival (gum) inflammation occurring because of plaque reduction.

In India, Acacia Bark has long been administered for its astringent properties, and there are current reports that, in combination with other herbs and barks, traditional Indian healers use it in the treatment of leprosy in rural areas. The healers also claim that it aids in the treatment of stomachache.

There are current reports claiming that Acacia Bark extract appears to block the body’s pain trigger mechanisms.

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