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Kachnar or Orchid Tree and Its Health Benefits

Updated on May 3, 2019
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Kachnar Or The Orchid Tree

The Kachnar/Bauhinia Variegata Tree
The Kachnar/Bauhinia Variegata Tree | Source

Latin Name : Bauhinia variegata

Indian Names : Kachnar,

Common Names : Orchid tree, Mountain ebony, Camel's foot tree

The Orchid or Kachnar Tree

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kachnar flower budsKachnar flowerThe white flowered variety of kachnarThe bilobed leavesthe fruit (pod) of kachnarThe trunk of a mature kachnar tree
kachnar flower buds
kachnar flower buds | Source
Kachnar flower
Kachnar flower | Source
The white flowered variety of kachnar
The white flowered variety of kachnar | Source
The bilobed leaves
The bilobed leaves | Source
the fruit (pod) of kachnar
the fruit (pod) of kachnar | Source
The trunk of a mature kachnar tree
The trunk of a mature kachnar tree | Source

Kachnar Or The Orchid Tree

Kachnar is a medium sized tree that reaches a height of 50 to 60 feet. It is native to India, Pakistan and Southern China; in fact to Southeast Asia.

The leaves are large and broad and are bilobed both at the apex and the base. The orchid tree bears white or pink flowers. The fruit is a long pod about a foot long with several seeds ranging from 10 to 15 inside.

The orchid tree is also popularly grown as an ornamental tree, for its scented flowers and for medicinal purposes as many of its parts like the leaves, flowers, buds, bark and root are used medicinally.

Kachnar grows in tropical to sub tropical areas of the world apart from growing in the Himalayan range.

Kachnar is also used as an ingredient in many foods. The flower buds are used as food cooked either alone or used in meat dishes. They are considered a delicacy.

Kachnar leaves are used as animal fodder.

Health Benefits Of Kachnar

In the Ayurvedic texts, sushruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita, many therapeutic properties have been ascribed to kachnar.

Kachnar is believed to pacify the 3 doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Some of the benefits of extracts of the orchid tree that studies have revealed are :

  • Regulate blood sugar. The protein present in the leaves have insulin like activity.
  • Protect the kidneys against toxicity and damage due to accumulation of toxic chemicals.
  • Protect the liver. Extracts of kachnar protect the liver against carbon tetrachloride toxicity.
  • Heal intestinal ulcers by decreasing the output of gastric acids.
  • Control the formation of tumors and also possess cancer preventing properties.
  • Heal wounds faster when compared to a control group.
  • Has tonic and restorative properties.
  • Relieve diarrhea and remove intestinal worms.
  • Act as a diuretic.
  • Have anti inflammatory and anti microbial properties.
  • Decoction of kachnar bark is useful in alleviating skin diseases.
  • Kachnar has the capacity to purify the air by cleaning up the atmospheric and soil pollution. The roots have nitrogen fixing properties.
  • The flowers and buds are useful in flatulence and joint pains.

Check out the recipe video below for a curry prepared with kachnar flower buds.

Kachnar Flower Buds Curry | Kachnar Ki Sabji

Some Ayurvedic Remedies With Kachnar

  • For Mouth Ulcers & Bad Breath

Take dried bark pf kachnar and pound it coarsely. To 10 grams of this add 400 ml water. Let it come to a boil and then simmer till about 100 ml of water remains.

Remove from heat, cool a bit and filter the water. Gargle with this water while still warm. Do this 2 to 3 times daily. This is a very effective remedy for mouth ulcers and works even where other medications have failed to provide relief.

  • For Diarrhea And Intestinal Mucus

Powder the bark. Take 3 grams of this powder with water twice a day; once in the morning and again in the evening.

  • For Difficulty In Urination

Remove the seeds from the long pod like fruit. Powder the seeds. Take 1 gram of this seed powder twice a day, in the morning and evening, with water. It relieves problems in urination.

  • For Liver Problems And Jaundice

Extract juice from kachnar leaves. Drink 2 times a day. Dose adults 50 ml and children 15 ml.

This juice improves the liver function and reduces enlargement of the liver.

  • For Thyroid Problems And Tonsils

Pound about 20 grams of kachnar bark and add 200 ml of water to it. Boil and then simmer the water till it reduces to 50 ml.

Strain and drink.

  • To Improve Appetite

Drink juice of kachnar leaves.

  • For Tumors, Cysts & Fibroids

Boil 5 grams of dry bark or 10 grams of fresh bark in 400 ml of water till the water is reduced to 100 ml. Strain and drink.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.



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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      thelyricwriter, nature is abundant and good to know you appreciate the bounties that it offers. Thanks for the visit and sharing.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Rajan, another great article to the collection. I'm always learning because many of the hubs your write on, I never knew that they had so many benefits. Great resourceful information. Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared on FB.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks Indian Chef.

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      Indian Chef 

      7 years ago from New Delhi India

      Rajan, I must admit you do a wonderful research before publishing hub. Again a very informative hub about the ayurvedic and other uses of this beautiful tree. Voting it up, sharing and awesome and twitting.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @moonlake-thanks for the read and sharing.

      @Thelma-glad you liked the info.Thanks for appreciating and sharing.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Another very informative hub, Rajan. I surely learned a lot from you. I did not know that you can eat this orchid. I´m not sure if I have seen this tree in the Philippines. I will widely open my eyes for this. I would like to plant this orchids in my garden. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared. Have a nice day!

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      7 years ago from America

      What a beautiful tree and how nice it also has health benefits. What a pleasure it would be if we could grow one here. Voted up and shared.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @Bill-good to note that you found this article informative. Thanks for the read and sharing.

      @Mary-glad you appreciate the info. Thank you for all the votes.

      @Eddy-it's always a pleasure to see you here. Thanks.

      @Peggy-glad you like the info. I appreciate your reading and sharing it.

      @Margaret-thank you for stopping by and the read and sharing.

      @livingsta-thanks for coming by to read and share. Much appreciated.

      @Patricia-always a pleasure to have your comments and see you visit. Thanks.

      @Rasma-thanks for reading and sharing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Thanks for sharing this interesting and informative hub. Passing this on.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi rajan jolly

      I did not know of all of these healthful benefits of this tree. It seems to be a pharmacy all on its own. And the lovely blooms are too lovely to dine on I think.

      thank you for sharing this information with us. Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

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      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting. So much exists around us that we do not know of. So many plants and trees and herbs and weeds that are truly beneficial. Thank you for sharing this with us Rajan. Voted up and sharing!

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      7 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      Isn't it wonderful that something so beautiful can also be so full of medicinal properties? Thanks for another wonderful hub highlighting nature's bounty. Voted up, useful, interesting and beautiful - and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is fascinating information about a tree that I have never seen nor knew that parts of it were edible and used for health purposes. Up, useful and interesting votes and will share and pin.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      So wonderful as always rajan. Well presented, interesting and so very useful. Voted up as always .


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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Yet again Rajan, a wonderful hub...I have never heard of this beautiful tree. I love reading your hubs because they are so chock full of information and interesting facts.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi rajan. What a great find this is. I had never heard of the Kachnar Tree but what great medicinal and health benefits this tree has. Thanks for another great education. Voted up, shared, etc.... Have a great weekend.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.


      @Aurelio-I would believe herbal shops would carry orchid tree extracts.

      @Bill-I appreciate your reading and commenting. Thanks.

      @mary-glad you like the info. Thanks for the read and share.

      @MsDora-thanks for the visit and the kind words.

      @Kathryn-it sure is a beautiful tree. I appreciate your visit and comments.

      @teaches-thanks for appreciating.

      @Audrey-its been used for its medicinal value since hundreds of years in Ayurveda. Thanks for reading.

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      7 years ago

      Orchids are beautiful. I know people tend to grow them to appreciate their beauty. This is the first time that I have heard about its medicinal values.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I don't know how you find all these wonderful benefits from nature, but I do appreciate the information.

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      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      I kept seeing that beautiful photo in my feed, and decided to check it out now. I enjoyed learning a little about this tree. The flowers are stunning.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, Rajan. Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Orchid, I thought, were especially for decorative beauty. Never even know it had health benefits. You teach us so many useful lessons, Rajan. God bless you!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      You constantly amaze me with your topics for Hubs, and how you present them! When I first moved to S. Florida in 1965, one could see a lot of Orchid trees growing here. I had a large one in the front yard of the house we bought. The blossoms were purple and just beautiful. The I began to notice the winters here became colder. We had a few freezes, and the Orchid trees began to die, mine included. I won't plant another one because our winters do seem to be getting colder each year. Climate change, maybe???

      You did a lot of research for this Hub and it shows. Voted it UP and shared all around.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting...I had no idea at all that you could eat this. Once again you are a fountain of knowledge and I thank you for it.

      blessings this weekend,


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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I travel frequently to SE Asia and have never seen this tree. I certainly would have remembered it because of its beautiful flowers. I suspect you can probably buy the extract in herbalist shops here in U.S. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Kachnar Or Orchid Tree And Its Health Benefits, such an informative hub, most interesting and always a new lesson forme


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