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Uses of kasamarda - Cassia occidentalis Linn.

kasamarda :


General Use:

  • A clinical research has reported that coffee senna have many properties as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, insecticidal and anti-malarial.
  • All the parts of this plant are used as an effective herb by rainforest and tropical countries for centuries.
  • The decoction of the roots in Peru is taken to cure fever and also considered diuretic.
  • The seeds are used in coffee like beverage to relieve asthma patients.
  • In Brazil, the roots are used to treat various ailments such as fever, tuberculosis, anemia, liver and menstrual problems.
  • The crushed leaves of this herb are used to make tincture which can be applied externally on skin disorders, wounds, fungus and as anti-inflammatory herbal medicine.

Therapeutic Uses:

The seed is bitter and has purgative properties. It is also used as a diuretic, liver detoxifier, as a hepato-tonic (balances and strengthens the liver). Further, used in whooping cough and convulsion.

Systemic Use:

Whooping cough, convulsion, throat inflammation, colds, asthma, fever, flu and againsts poisonous snake bites. Seeds and leaves are applied externally in skin diseases.

he whole plant is diuretic, febrifuge, stomachic and tonic It is used in the treatment of hypertension, dropsy, diabetes, fevers, biliousness, rheumatism, ringworm and eczema
The plant is boiled and gargled for treating throat troubles
Applied externally, it is pounded and mixed with wood-ash and rubbed on areas of leishmaniasis and eczema

The root is cholagogue, emetic and purgative. An infusion is used in the treatment of bilious fever, ordinary fever, stomach-ache, and to ease menstruation A tincture of the root is rubbed onto rheumatic area.

A tea made from roots and dried flowers is used as a treatment for colds and upset stomach.

The leaf is used as a remedy for renal calculi. Leaves are made into a tea for treating afterbirth problems, fevers, coughs and colds, headaches, haemorrhage and thrush
An ointment prepared from the leaves is applied as a remedy for ringworm and other affections of the skin
The flowers are used in a preparation to reduce stomach acid in children

The seed is febrifuge and sedative. An infusion is drunk to calm ones nerves, and as a treatment for kidney problems, haemorrhage, worms, and cleaning womb and tubes

Extracts of the leaf and seed have shown antibiotic activity[].
The leaf contains flavonoid glycosides, an anthraquinone, and a bianthraquinone[].
The seed contains N-methyl morpholine, campesterol and beta-sitosterol glucosides


Leaf powder, extracts, tinctures in the cybermarket


Diuretic, purgative, antiperiodic.

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