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    How to differentiate between Apta and Kanchan Leaves?

    Are you looking for ways to differentiate an Apta leaf from a Kanchan leaf? Do both the leaves have the same properties? Read on to find the differences between the two leaves.

    During Dussehra People exchange Apta leaves (Bauhinia Racemosa, commonly known as Bidi leaves) but as an alternative to it, Kanchan leaves Bauhinia Variegata, commonly known as Orchid tree leaves) are getting sold in the market nowadays. It is very difficult to identify which ones are Apta leaves. Apta leaves are medicinal and have a lot of medicinal value. Do Kanchan leaves have the same benefits?
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  • Kanchana is also a famous Ayurvedic herb.
    This tree parts have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-malarial, pain reducing, swelling reducing, cytotoxic, fever reducing and thyroid hormone regulating properties. This tree is used for treating skin and glandular diseases in Ayurveda. It is considered best for treating diseases of the lymphatic system and glands. Kanchnar Guggulu an ayurvedic medicine is made with the leaves of this plant which is used in the treatment of Hypothyroidism.

    Galaganda is single swelling in the throat and Gandamala is a chain of swellings around the lower neck, Jaundice, Mouth Ulcers, Bad Breath, Diarrhoea, Loss of appetite, Burning Sensation in Urine, Urinary Problems, are cured by using this plant parts.

    Apta is having the following medicinal uses.

    1) They help fight bacterial and fungal infections.
    2) They help fight asthma.
    3) They help fight diabetes.

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  • Apta leaves (Bidi leaves) and Kanchan leaves (orchid leaves) both are medicinal in nature as per the Ayurvedic and Homeopathic treatment.

    Apta leaves are used in religious rituals and are common in many parts of our country especially Maharashtra.

    Apta leaves are said to be useful in fever reduction, treatment of rheumatic pain and ulcers.

    Kanchan leaves are said to be nutritive and antidiabetic. They look alike Apta leaves.

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  • Apta leaves contain innumerable medicinal properties and is used in Ayurveda for the treatment of skin - disorder. It also contains antiviral, antifungal and anti - bacterial properties and as such this may be used for blood- purification, in fever of Malaria, reduction of pains in the body parts and for boils and pimples appearing on the body.
    The Ayurvedic - doctor refers to vaishya - Ratnavali in case of any confusing while prescribing any medicine and here they find the details of the usage of the herbs including the herb Apta.
    Kanchan boosts the body metabolism such as thyroid- regulation property and inhances Balya ( Energy) and at the same time it can regulate Blood - sugar.

  • Apta leaves and Kanchan leaves look similar but they have different medicinal properties. Traditionally Apta leaves are also used religiously in Dussehra times in some parts of our country.

    Apta leaves (Bauhinia racemosa but commonly known as the Bidi leaf tree) is a medicinal species of flowering shrub which grows 3–5 metres tall and flowers between February and May. It is found in tropical Southeast Asia.

    The extract of Apta leaves has antimicrobial and antioxidant effects and is used in the treatment of fungal infections. These leaves are also used to cure Asthma and Diabetes.

    On the other hand Kanchan leaves are from the Kanchan tree (Bauhinia variegata but common name is orchid or Kachanar). The tree is generally 10-12 m tall and is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia.

    Kachanar is also well known for its medicinal value but that are mostly derived from its bark and flower buds. The extract or the powder from the bark and buds is used for curing various ailments like leprosy, scrofula, ulcers, skin diseases, scrofulous enlargements of cervical glands, bleeding disorders such as prolonged menstruation, bleeding piles, blood in urine and bleeding from mucous surface.

    The leaves are having limited use that is in Diabetes. However leaves are very nutritive as a food item.

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  • Leaves of Bauhinia Racemosa and Bauhinia Variegata look almost similar. Bases of both the varieties are cordate. In the case of Racemosa, leaves are smaller in size. In Variegata variety, leaves can be as long as 13 cm and are quite broad.

    Variegata or Kachnar is a popular ingredient in many Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Leaves, as well as flowers, are edible. A traditional curry is prepared by making use of its buds in both India and Pakistan. Apart from curry, its buds are used in the preparation of pickles and also used in stir fry recipes.

    Therapeutic benefits of Bauhinia Variegata-
    -It is helpful in the treatment of skin diseases.
    -It cures stomach related disorders such as diarrhea and dysentery.
    -It can stop the growth of hemorrhoids.
    -The plant itself is used in the treatment of leprosy and ulcers.
    -It is very useful to retard the growth of the thyroid. It also brings back the thyroid hormone into the normal range.
    -It helps in lowering the blood sugar level and hence very good for diabetic patients.
    -Freshly extracted juice from leaves helps in increasing the appetite.

  • I will like to add some more information in this regard. The question was specifically asked as how to differentiate between the two - Apta leaf and Kanchan leaf.

    While going through the details about these species, I found that there is a subtle difference between the shape of these leaves.

    Basically both the leaves appear as a combination of two oblong circles joined together. But if you look carefully the oblong circles in Apta leaves are more round and smooth in their appearances while in Kanchan leaves they are a bit conical to the leaf end side.

    So with that one can try to distinguish between them.

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  • Actually the correct English name of these leaves I came to know today itself by your query. In our karnataka especially mangloreans call Apta leaves as BILVA PATRA and for Kanchan Leaves as MANDHARAM.
    When I gave search of these leaves image I got to know the English name. You can make the difference of both the leaves. First I will tell you about apta leaves ie, Bilva patra leaves.
    How to Identify:
    1) These leaves are thick and round in shape but it appears like two oval shape is jointed.
    2) This plant has thorns.
    3) Especially hindu's in Karnataka keep them at home because there is a saying that these leaves bring luck to home.
    4) Always these leaves will be in folded form.
    How to identify Kanchan leaves ie, mandaram
    1) These leaves are very thin compare to apta leaves.
    2) Kanchan plant don't have thorns.
    3) Especially this plant leaves is of not use but the flower of this plant is very auspicous to god. That is why the name of the plant is mandaram because the flower of this plant is called mandaram. Its white in color and purple pink in color. I don't know whether there are more colors. Because at home I have white and in others house I have seen purple pink color mandaram flower.
    4) The appearance of both plants look same but you can make out the difference.
    5) The leaves of this plant don't fold like Apta leaves.
    But medicinal values both are good for fever, dehydration,typhoid, Jaundice etc. you can make a decotion of this leaves and consume in empty stomach early morning.
    I hope you got the difference.

  • After the burning of Ravana on Vijayadashami, there is a practice of giving Apta leaf as gold in many provinces. Its tree is worshiped in many places. The festival of Dussehra i.e. Vijayadashami is celebrated nine days after Shakti Puja in the Shardiya Navratri of Ashwin month. Apta leaf is also worshiped along with Ravana combustion and weapon worship during this festival symbolizing the victory of truth over untruth.
    In Hinduism, we have been worshiping this tree on the day of Vijayadashami. Especially this worship is more important among the Kshatriyas. In the war of Mahabharata, the Pandavas hid their weapons on top of this tree and later they won from the Kauravas. Worshiping the tree in the evening on this day brings health and wealth. It is believed that Maryada Purushottam Lord Shriram had prayed for his victory before invading Lanka and facing his tree. Lord Shri Ram touched these leaves and conquered them, hence the belief that Apta leaf blesses happiness, prosperity, and victory on the day of Vijayadashami. Later, it was accepted as gold and it was exchanged with the good wishes of Dussehra, saying that these leaves like gold brought good luck and prosperity in your life too.

    Its identity is as follows -

    This tree is a thorny tree.
    After its leaves dry, small yellow flowers appear in it.
    Its root goes deep into the ground so that there is no fear of drying of the produce.
    This tree acts as fodder for many creatures every year.
    During the summer days, it thrives and grows with lots of leaves. Sowing it on the rams of the field also reduces the excess air pressure on the crop. Due to which the crops of the fields are not damaged by the storm.
    The wood stoves in many villages still burn with the wood of this tree.
    Agricultural experts from abroad have also agreed that the farmer in the field where the Apta leaf tree is sown has many benefits.

  • Apta leaves are used for puja purpose during Dussehra festivals in many places.Basically both the leaves almost appear the same. But if you look carefully the oblong circles in Apta leaves (bidi leaves) are more round and smooth in their appearances while in Kanchan leaves they are a bit conical to the leaf end side. If Once you see carefully then you can easily differentiate. The difference between two are listed below as:-
    1. Kanchan plant are thornless while Apta plant having thorn.
    2.Apta leaves are thicker than the Kanchan plant.
    3.The Apta tree has no fragrance and does not bear fruit.
    4. The leaves of Kanchan plant don't fold as Apta leaves. But APTA leaves having many medicinal values such as fever, dehydration typhoid, Jaundice etc. Whereas, Kanchan plant leaves are of no use but its flower considered auspicious.

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