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Cassia Fistula


Common Name: fistula, laburnum, purging fistula, golden shower, amaltas
Nepali Name: Rajbriksha
Sanskrit Name: Aragbada

Description:
It is the medium sized, deciduous tree with exfoliating bark of 35-30 feet height. Flowers yellowish, fruits are 1 to 2 foot long, 1 inch diameter, hard, cylindrical, green, black after ripening.

Habitat:
Grows in valleys upto 1200 m in Himalayas.

Parts Used:
seed and seed oil.

Phytochemical properties:
The pulp contains sennosides A and B, Rhein and its glucoside, barbaloin, aloin, formic acid, butyric acid, their ethyl esters and oxalic acid. Bark of tree is rich in tannins.

Medicinal Properties:
Root- astringent, purgative, tonic, alterative. Pulp from fruits called "Cassia Pulp" is a well known Laxative. It is a safe purgative given even to pregnant women. The pulp is also given for biliousness and in disorders of the liver. It is applied in gout and rheumatism. It is utilized in blood-poisoning, anthrax and dysentery, also given in leprosy and diabetes and for the removal of abdominal obstructions. It is used in the treatment of varicose veins. It helps in shrinking engorged veins and has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.

Dosage:
Seed powder: 1-3gm
Seed oil as laxative and emesis: 10 ml
Ayurvedic preparation: Tubarakadi taila.




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