Acacia, it is commonly known as mimosa, acacia, thorntree or wattle, is a polyphyletic genus of shrubs and trees belonging to the subfamily Mimosoideae of the family Fabaceae. Acacia is the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It’s a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water.
Acacia is used for high cholesterol, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In manufacturing, acacia is used as a pharmaceutical ingredient in medications for throat or stomach inflammation and as a film forming agent in peel off skin masks.
How does it work?
Acacia is a source of dietary fiber. It tends to make people feel full, so they might stop eating earlier than they otherwise would. This might lead to weight loss and reduced cholesterol levels.
Common: Acacia , Gum Arabic, Cassie flower, Catechu, Egyptian thorn
Botanical: Acacia Senegal
Medicinal Uses: Tooth plaque, Diabetes, A mild form of gum disease, High cholesterol, Obesity, Skin breakdown around a stoma (peristomal lesions), and Sickle cell disease.
Properties: Astringent, Demulcent, Emollient
Parts Used: Resin
Constituents: Complex polysaccharides and protein – arabinogalactan
Habitat: Tropical; Spring; Sub-Saharan Africa, most abundant in the Darfur region of Sudan. Hot, dry regions of Africa – Senegal to Ethiopia and Somalia, south to Natal; Arabian Peninsula; Indian subcontinent.
It can cause minor adverse effects, including gas, bloating, nausea, and loose stools.
How to Prepare
- Wash the tree material thoroughly with cool running water.
- Grind the tree material until it’s like a pulp.
- In a non-reacting pot (ceramic pots are best use, but glass and stainless steel will work), boil 475 ml of water.
- When the water starts to boil drop the pulp into the water.
- Boil the mixture for 15-30 minutes. This will make a decoction. With just the aerial parts of the herbs, you only have to steep like a tea. When you have bark, and seeds/pods, you need to boil the herbs to get the goodness out of them.
- Let it stand overnight.
- Place a square of cheesecloth into the funnel.
- Strain the mixture with through the cheesecloth leaving the solid pulp behind.
- Put the strained decoction in a pre-boiled totally dry container (jar or bottle).
The information provided in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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