Overview

Catechu is an herb. The leaves, shoots, and wood are used to make medicine. The two types of catechu, black catechu and pale catechu, contain slightly different chemicals, but they are used for the same purposes and at the same dose..

Catechu is most commonly used by mouth for stomach problems such as diarrhea, swelling of the colon (colitis), and indigestion. It is also used orally for pain from osteoarthritis and topically to treat pain, bleeding, and swelling (inflammation). But there is limited scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

In foods and beverages, catechu is used as a flavoring agent.

How does it work ?

It is thought that catechu may contain chemicals that can decrease inflammation and kill bacteria.

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