(A.1.) Manufacturing Process: Good quality of Khair Tree (Acacia Catechu) is procured from various parts of India. Each log is manually stripped & made free from Sapwood. The heartwood is mechanically chipped into small pieces and cooked under pressure. The liquor obtained contains Catechu which is concentrated in multistage evaporator. On chilling the concentrated liquor crystals of Catechu are produced. Crystals are carefully filtered in controlled conditions. The filtered mass is mashed and cut into Biscuits and slowly dried at low temperatures.
(A.2.) Specifications: Commercially the Catechu (Katha) is valued on the basis of its texture, paste value (8-10 times) and smell. However, detailed analysis of a typical sample is given below:
(A.3.) Uses of Catechu: It is traditionally being used as mouth freshener with Betel quid in India. The new generation of mouth fresheners, like Pan Masala deploys Catechu as chief ingredient with Areca nuts and sometimes with chewing tobacco. Catechu is an astringent and has distinct bitterness followed by cool-sweetness. It also finds use as flavoring agent in condiments, ice-creams, candy, beverages etc. Since ages, the medicinal uses of catechu are well known. It finds major use in treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, ailments of mouth, gums, tonsils etc. Many new uses of catechins (which are the natural chief ingredients of catechu) like antioxidant, skin care, anti-diabetic, anti-inflamatory are reported.
(B.1.) Manufacturing Process: The supernatant liquor obtained on filtration of Catechu is concentrated in multiple effect evaporator till the semi solid condition is achieved. It is directly packed in suitable packings.
(B.2.) Specification: The cutch has dark colour and rich in Vegetable Tannins. A typical analysis is given below:
(B.3.) Uses: Cutch is a natural source for Tannins (for tanning of leather). It creates variety of colors with metals and are useful as dyeing agent for natural fibers. It is also used as a mouth freshener. Medicinal uses similar to catechu are also known. It has application in Oil-drilling, Printing ink-pigments, adhesives etc.
(C.1) Manufacturing Process : We offer Epi-catechins (L & DL type) from Acacia Catechu and D-Catechins by solvent Extraction of Gambier. We can also offer Gambier alkaloids (like Gambir Tannine, Oxo-gambir tannine etc.) Shortly we shall introduce Tea-catechins (Epi-gallo Catechins).
(C.2) Specification : In view of rapid transformation of L-Epi catechin to its isomers, at present we can offer limited quantity of 85% pure Epicatechins (L&DL). High purity (99%+) D-Catechins (Hy-drate), are being used by local manufacturers of mouth-freshener.
(C.3) Uses : Both Epicatechins & D-Catechins have demonstrated uses as Antioxidant. It has also proved efficacy in treatment of Acute viral hepatities, and as Anti-diabetic, Anti inflamatory, Anti-Dirrhoea, Anti-dysentry, Chemo-preventor etc. It is also traditionally used for treatment of Gums & Tooth and skin ailments.
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