(Herbs Knowledge) Acacia

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Acacia Scientific Names and Common Names,Acacia Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Acacia Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) Acacia

Contents:

Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Resource Links | Bibliography


Scientific Names

Acacia Senegal
Acacia Greggii Bush
Acacia Greggii Leaves
Acacia Negev Tree, Israel

Acacia senegal L. Acacia greggii Mimosa family Fabaceae family

Common Names

Cape gum
Egyptian thorn
Gum Arabic tree
Gum acacia
Gum Arabic
India gum tree
Bablah pods
Acacia bambolah
Catclaw
Cat's Claw
Tear Blanket
Uña de gato (Spanish name)
Devils claw
Paradise flower
Long-flowered catclaw
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Parts Usually Used

Gum
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Acacia is a small, spiny, leguminous tree or shrub. After the rainy season ends, the stem begins to exude gum, which is collected from December to June for marketing as gum Arabic. The acacia has alternate, bipinnate leaves and axillary racemes of yellow flowers arranged in globose heads. The fruit is an oblong pod.

There are literally dozens of species of acacia, worldwide. Their descriptions and usefulness varies greatly. Be sure to get the advice of a knowledgeable herbalist before using acacia.
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Where Found

Acacia senegal L.: Grows in sandy soil, mostly in tropical Africa

Acacia greggii: a member of the Fabaceae family; it is native to the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
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Medicinal Properties

Demulcent, mucilaginous
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Acacia was a sacred wood for the ancient Hebrews. Moses used acacia wood in building the Ark of the Covenant and the sacred Tabernacle (see Exodus, chapters 25-40).

According to Near-Eastern Christian legend, a thorny species of acacia was used for Christ's crown of thorns.

Moapa Paiute name for acacia is "Pah oh pimb." Used for inflammation of the eyes, due to dust; vaqueros and travelers habitually carry acacia seeds and put 4 in each eye on retiring.
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Uses

Gum Arabic's main effect is to form a protective, soothing coating over inflammations in the respiratory, alimentary, and urinary tracts. It is helpful for coughs, sore throat, and catarrh, eyewash, diarrhea, and dysentery. Sweetened, it is sometimes used for typhoid fever.
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Formulas or Dosages

Gum Arabic is usually dissolved in water to make a mucilage.

Mucilage: a dose is from 1 to 4 tsp.

Syrup: mix 1 part mucilage with 3 parts of a syrup. A dose is from 1-4 tsp.
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Resource Links

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Bibliography

, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Edith Van Allen Murphey, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1958, print 1990

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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