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Hi, Dhaivat ji & Anand ji.
Good interesting inf.
Forage and fodder
In part of its range smallstock consume the pods and leaves, but elsewhere it is also very popular with cattle. Pods are used as a supplement to poultry rations in India. Dried pods are particularly sought out by animals on rangelands. In India branches are commonly lopped for fodder. Pods are best fed dry as a supplement, not as a green fodder.
A. nilotica makes a good protective hedge because of its thorns.
According to Hartwell, African Zulu take bark for cough. It acts as an astringent and it is used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and leprosy.
Bark and root
Maasai are intoxicated by the bark and root decoction, said to impart courage, even aphrodisia, and the root is said to cure impotence.
Bark or gum
In West Africa, the bark or gum is used to treat cancers and/or tumors (of ear, eye, or testicles) and indurations of liver and spleen, condylomas, and excess flesh.
Sap or bark, leaves, and young pods are strongly astringent due to tannin, and are chewed in Senegal as an antiscorbutic.
The bruised leaves are poulticed and used to treat ulcers.
In Lebanon, the resin is mixed with orange-flower infusion for typhoid convalescence.
The Chipi use the root for tuberculosis. In Tonga, the root is used to treat tuberculosis.
Egyptian Nubians believe that diabetics may eat unlimited carbohydrates as long as they also consume powdered pods.
In Italian Africa, the wood is used to treat smallpox.
In Ethiopia, certain parts of the tree are used as a lactogogue.
The tree's wood is "very durable if water-seasoned" and its uses include tool handles and lumber for boats. The wood has a density of about 1170 kg/m³.