State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Acacia sinuata (Lour.) Merr.

  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Vernacular names: Cheenikka, Shivakai, Cheeva, ചീനിക്ക, ശീവക്ക, ചീവ (Malayalam), Soapnut acacia (English), Saptala (Sanskrit), Saptala (Hindi), Seekai (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  • Description: Woody climbers. Leaves pinnae 8-10 pairs, leaflets to 6 x 1 mm, oblong. Head axillary, solitary or paired. Flowers numerous, yellow. Pods dark-brown; seeds transverse.
  • Habit: Climbers/Lianas
  • Habitat: Moist deciduous forests
  • Flowering & Fruiting: February-March

  • Parts used: Pods and seeds
  • Properties & Uses: Cooling, diuretic, emetic and anthelmintic. Pods are used in burning sensation, constipation, leucoderma, leprosy and haemorrhoides. The powdered pods are used in skin diseases.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk,
  • Traditional Uses:The crushed fruits are mixed with water and the solution is used for cleaning hairs.
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