The acacia tree is perhaps one of the most useful trees in terms of the goods it produces. Many people are familiar with acacia wood products such as flooring, furniture and boats, but they are not aware of the health benefits the acacia tree offers us. The bark and sap of the tree are used for medicinal purposes in many parts of the world. These elements can be found in the form of gum, powder and liquid extract. As with any herbal supplement, please check with a medical professional before beginning use. Acacia has the potential for side effects when taken with certain medications.
The fibre or sap of the acacia tree is used to help raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels in the body. It also keeps hunger at bay by triggering a hormone called CCK. This is the hormone that tells you to stop eating when you are full. Acacia fibre is also known to help to remove harmful toxins that accumulate in the digestive system. The fibre absorbs these toxins which are then removed through the digestive process. There are also many claims that acacia fibre taken regularly can minimise the risks of colon cancer.
Acacia powder is made from ground bark of the acacia tree. Because of the wide range of medicinal properties, the powder can be used for an array of health problems. Acacia powder can be used as an astringent, a soothing remedy for skin rashes and as an anti-inflammatory. It has been used to relieve haemorrhoids and bed sores as well. The powder can be taken orally to treat respiratory, urinary and digestive infections and to treat sore throats and infections of the mouth.
Honey derived from the acacia tree is said to be an excellent sweetener. It is a light honey with a mild taste and delicate floral scent. Acacia honey does not crystallise over time as many variations of honey do. It has a very high fructose content and as with other acacia products, contains excellent health benefits. Honey from the acacia is known to kill germs, aid in digestion, relieve diarrhoea and can be used as a salve to help wounds heal faster.