Botanical Name: Cassia tora Linn.
Cassia obtusifolia Linn.
Sanskrit Name: Chakramarda
English Name: Fetid cassia., Ringworm plant.
Family: Leguminosae
Occurrence: Roadside, Agricultural fields, wasteland as weeds.
Habit: Herbs
Parts used:

Roots, leaves, seeds.


Medicinal uses:

Its roots are rubbed on a stone with lime juice, is supposed to be one of the best remedies for ringworm. Leaves and roots are used as laxative. Seeds are tonic, diuretic and laxative. The fruit and seeds are anthelmintic, astringent to the bowels,cure tumors, leprosy, skin diseases, scabies, cough, asthma and burning sensation. The leaves are also useful in indolent ulcers, antipyretic, diuretic, piles, itching, urinary discharges and poultice is used to hasten suppuration. Seeds are used internally and externally for all sorts of eye diseases, preparations of the seeds are also given for liver complaints and boils. The fruit is used in snake-bite and bark and the roots in scorpion-sting.


Chemical constituents :

 

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Emodin glucoside and a pleasant smelling fixed opil (5%).