Top 10 Unknown Benefits and Medicinal Uses of Kanchanara (Bauhinia Variegata)

Kanchanara Overview

In Ayurvedic medicines and herbal formulations, whenever the conditions like glandular swellings come out, Kanchanara is one of the best herbal drugs that can be relied on. Kanchanara has a great ability to dry up the vitiated Kapha and meda because of its potent astringent property and simultaneously shows excellent results. It is highly beneficial in the case of menstrual and vaginal disorders as Charaka said.

Kanchanara plant introduction

Kanchanara benefits and uses

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Kanchanara is a deciduous tree with vertically cracked bark. Its height is moderate. Its bark is somewhat grayish brown with irregular darker patches. The leaves are in pairs, leaflets ovate, and rounded at apex. The flowers are white or pink in color along with the uppermost petal dark and variegated.

10 Health Benefits of Kanchanara

  1. Obesity: The decoction of the bark skin is beneficial in the case of obesity.
  2. Osteoporosis: The decoction of skin, if taken along with ginger is useful in treating osteoporosis.
  3. Swelling glands: The paste of Kachnar skin is applied to swollen glands in the neck (cervical adenitis). It helps to reduce the swellings.
  4. Menstrual cycle: The decoction of Bauhinia Variegata flowers if taken with honey helps to regularize the menstrual cycle.
  5. Piles: Kanchanara is extremely beneficial in treating piles. Method: The flowers are dried and powdered, which are used in piles.
  6. Controls bleeding: Due to its potent hemostatic property, it helps to control the internal bleeding from the intestine, in raktapitta.
  7. Stomatitis: The decoction of Bauhinia Variegata skin, pomegranate flowers, and Babbula pods is an effective gargle in treating stomatitis.
  8. Wound healing: The decoction of the bark skin is beneficial for cleansing and healing up of wounds. It reduces the swelling as well.
  9. Burning sensation: The decoction of bark skin when combined with cumin seeds and little camphor helps to relieve the burning sensation of the body.
  10. Diabetic wounds: When diabetic wound washes with the decoction of the plant, ensures its fast healing.

Medicinal uses of Kanchanara

Some of the Ayurvedic properties of Kanchanara are given below:

  • Taste: astringent
  • Post digestive effect: Pungent
  • Potency: Cold
  • Attributes: Dry and light
  • Dosha: Alleviates Kapha and Pitta
  • Actions: Alleviates glandular swellings skin disorders, alternative, etc.
  • Anthelminthic
  • Amoebic dysentery
  • Anti-tumour
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-goitrogenic
  • Hepatoprotective


Kanchnar scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Order: Fabales
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Genus: Bauhinia
  • Species: B. Variegata

Kanchnar recipes

  • Its young leaves boiled and eaten as vegetables.
  • Kachnar curry: It’s the combination of Kachnar buds, yogurt, and onion.
  • Pickles
  • Its buds are sometimes used as stir-fried vegetables.


Different names of Kanchanara

  • English: Variegated Bauhinia or Bauhinia Variegata
  • Hindi: Kanchanara
  • Latin: Bauhinia variegata
  • Marathi: Kanchanara

Types of glandular swelling

  • Gandamala-Cervical adenitis
  • Apachi-Chronic glandular swellings
  • Granthi-swollen glands in general

Kanchanara Parts used

  • Bark skin
  • Flowers

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