KACHNAR, Bauhinia purpurea


Latin name:         Bauhinia purpurea

English names:   Geranium tree, Camel’s foot, Butterfly tree

Sanskrit name: Kanchan

Indian name: Kachnar, Sona

Medicinal parts used: Bark

Bauhinia purpurea is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to South China (which includes Hong Kong) and south eastern Asia. In the United States of America, the tree grows in Hawaii, coastal California, southern Texas, and southwest Florida. Common names include Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Purple camel’s foot, and Hawaiian orchid tree.

It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 17 m tall. The leaves are 10-20 cm long and broad, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The flowers are conspicuous, pink and fragrant, with five petals. The fruit is a pod 30 cm long, containing 12 to 16 seeds.

Bauhinia purpurea extract is made from the gum of the bark and is used for medicinal purposes.

Therapeutic use:

  • The bark is used for tumour in stomach.
  • The flower powder is used as laxative.
  • Animal studies have shown that when combined with Ashwaganda root extract, it supports the healthy regulation of the thyroid hormone.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by jon on October 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Where can i buy the extract of Bauhinia purpurea to be consumed? I know its in oxyelite pro, but id rather just take the pure extract.


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