Prepare Acacia as an Herbal Medicine

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Acacias as an herbal medicine is quite useful in treating ulcers or a part of the gastrointestinal tract and for excessive mucus, diarrhea, dysentery, gum infection and also hemorrhage. Though rarely used for parasitic infestation in the United States, they are commonly used in other cultures. The Acacia anthelmintica for one is specific for worms in Abyssinia; another, while Acacia nilotica is specific for malaria in Nigeria. In Tanzania Acacias polyacantha is use in another form of malaria. Acacias or mimosas as they are sometime called, grow throughout the temperate world. The United States have several species, e.g. angustissima (thorn less acacia) constricts and greggii which is the most common. Researchers have noted the consistent antibacterial activity of these plants; it was proven to be effective against venomous stings and bites and has been used by chewing the bark of the tree and place as a poultice on the bite area. There are several ways to use the Acacia as an herbal medicine , however on this article we will be preparing a tea with Acacia.

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  • 1-ounce of plant (you could use the stem, leaves and pods)
  • 475 ml. – plain water (tap water)
  • Mortar and pestle, food blender could also be used.
  • Funnel
  • Cheese cloth
  • Pre-boiled glass container

Instructions to Prepare Acacia

  1. 1
    Wash thoroughly the tree material with running water.
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  2. 2
    Grind the tree material in a consistency of a pulp.
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  3. 3
    On a non-reacting pot ( ceramic pot are best use), boil 475 ml of water.
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    When the water starts to boil drop the pulp into the water
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  5. 5
    Boil the mixture for 15-30 minutes
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  6. 6
    Let it stand overnight
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    Strain the mixture with a cheese cloth leaving the solid pulp behind
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    Put the strained decoction in a pre-boiled totally dry container (jar or bottle)
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Drink 3-12 cups a day for malaria, dysentery or diarrhea. The tea is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial in nature. The tea could also be used as a wash for recent of infected wounds.

Additional info:

  • The leaves, stems and bark could be grind and applied directly to wounds and fungal infection to stop the bleeding and prevent further infection.
  • Acacia pods could be used in eyes as remedy for conjunctivitis by adding 5-6 slightly crushed pod on 1 pint of boiling water and cooled to be washed on the infected eyes.

Questions and Answers

Research papers that show antimicrobial activity of the acacia nilotica plant?

Below is a list of research papers that show the antimicrobial activity of the acacia nilotica plant:

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Does the leaf of Acacia polyacantha has a medicinal value?

I want to extract the chemicals from the leaf of Acacia polyacantha because I am MSC student (Organic chemistry)

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