Khadir is an herbal supplement made from the Kher plant (Senegalia catechu or Acacia catechu). The Kher plant may go by other names, such as black catechu, black cutch, cachou, catechu, cutchtree and khair. Kher is a thorny, deciduous tree that is native to Asia and parts of India near the Indian Ocean. In Ayurvedic medicine Khadir is used for treatments ranging from sore throats to diarrhea to skin care.
Khadir is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine as both a topical and oral treatment for acne. Khadir is thought to act as a an astringent, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. The addition of Khadir to Naturopathic face washes is purported to help minimize the redness and swelling associated with acne lesions. However, these claims have not been tested in clinical studiesÂand acne sufferers should not anticipate oral or topical Khadir treatments to dramatically improve their acne symptoms.
Khadir extracts contain several compounds which are believed to have biological activity. The Acacia catechu is so named because the plant contains significant concentrations of catechins, catechols and catecholamines. The utility of these compounds for the treatment of acne is not well understood and requires additional research.
Therapeutic plants of Ayurveda: a review of selected clinical and other studies for 166 species. Khan, et al. 2001.
Determination of the predominant catechins in Acacia catechu by liquid chromatography/electrospray ionizationâˆ’ mass spectrometry. Shen, et al. 2006.
In Vitro antimicrobial activity of Acacia catechu and its phytochemical analysis. Negi, et al. 2010.
A medicinal extract of Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu acts as a dual inhibitor of cyclooxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase to reduce inflammation. Burnett, et al. 2007.
Analgesic effects of a standardized bioflavonoid composition from Scutellaria baicalensis and Acacia catechu. Yiman, et al. 2012.