ACACIA (Acacia nilotica, Acacia karroo)
Also known as: The wattles or acacias
The acacia are trees or shrubs from the pea family and were used medicinally by the ancient Arabic and Egyptians to treat many health disorders such as colds and leprosy. Acacia leaf extract has been scientifically proven to be a potent antibacterial herb against Lactobacillus acidophilus and can be recommended to treat dental cavities. It can also fight off infections of Staphylococcus aureus.
Acacia gum, which is the sap from this tree, is also used medicinally to treat colds, coughs, cuts, digestive issues, dysentery, gonorrhea, leprosy, skin wounds such as burns.
It is a rich source of fibre and acts as a prebiotic which can help to alleviate constipation and the discomfort felt with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by feeding the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Yoghurt mixed with acacia fibre works far better than yoghurt alone.
Acacia is a demulcent which means it relieves the irritation in the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat by producing a protective film and is often used in throat lozenges. It can also help wounds to heal faster.
Acacia karroo, commonly known as the Sweet thorn, is a species of Acacia, native to southern Africa. In studies, the bark and stems of this tree have shown potent antimicrobial properties against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and the Candida albicans fungi due to its phenolic compounds.
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