Terminalia catappa Medicinal Uses

Terminalia catappa L.

In this article we will discuss about the Terminalia catappa :- common name, scientific name, medicinal uses and photos.

Common name

  • English: Indian Almond Tree
  • Tamil: Nattuvadumai, Vadumai, Saraparuppu, Vatha-kottai
  • Hindi: Jangli-badam, Badam
  • Kannada: Taree
  • Marathi: Badam
  • Telugu: Badamu
  • Malayalam: Ketapag

Scientific name

  • Name: Terminalia catappa L.
  • Family: Combretaceae (Rangoon creeper family)
  • Synonyms: Terminalia badamia, Juglans catappa, Badamia commersonii, Buceras catappa

Terminalia catappa Medicinal Uses

  • The crushed leaves with Dacrydium elatum and rhizomes of Cyperus rotundus are combined to treat dysentery.
  • The juice of the leaves is ingested for coughs
  • The leaves are used to cure headaches, jaundice, indigestion and colic.
  • Bark and root bark are useful for bilious fever, diarrhoea, thrush, and as a remedy for sores and abscesses.
  • An infusion of the bark is used to treat stomach ache and also as an emetic for infants. Externally, the bark is used to treat sores, pimples and fungal skin diseases.

Other Uses

  • The seeds are edible, they can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • Widely grown as ornamental tree.
  • The seed oil from the plant is used for making soap.

Indian Almond Tree Photos

Terminalia catappa

Terminalia catappa

Terminalia catappa

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  1. Terminalia catappa L. | species – india biodiversity portal. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2022, from https://indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/264875

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