Medicinal uses of Cassia fistula

Cassia fistula – About the medicinal tree

Cassia fistula is native to South Asia. It has been found widely in India, Pakistan, Myanmar, SriLanka, etc. This tree is the national tree of Thailand and its flower is its national flower. It is also the state flower of Kerala in India.

The herb, Cassia fistula is having great medicinal uses and its bark, fruits and leaves have been used since ancient times. It has been referred to as “Aragvadha” or “disease killer”.

Cassia Fistula

Common and Botanical Names

The botanical name of the herb is Cassia fistula and belongs to the family Fabacea. Common Names include golden shower tree, Aragwadha, Purging cassia, golden shower cassia, Amaltas, Indian laburnum, caña fistula, Chaturungal, Swarnapatrika, Tinnevelly senna,Karnaikar, Rajvriksha etc. In Tamil, it is called as Konrai. Other names include Konai, Shrakkonnai, Irjviruttam.

Konrai

Primary Medicinal Uses

Stomach disorders

Cassia Fistula is very effective in treating constipation. Cassia fistula is very effective in treating ulcers. The herb is very effective in treating piles. The pulp of the tree can be soaked in water for about an hour or so and consumed at bedtime. It also kills the intestinal worms.

Common Cold and Cough

The roots of the herb have great curative effects against common cold. Some people inhale the smoke of the roots. This cures the mucous that is found along the respiratory tract.

The pod of the tree is powdered and mixed with honey and consumed. This is very effective in curing cough.

Fever

When infected with fever, a tonic is prepared from the roots of Cassia Fistula.

Skin Problems

The herb is very effective in treating skin disorders like irritation, swelling, etc. The herb is very great in curing fungal infections of the skin. Some of them are athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, etc.

Immunity Booster

The bark and fruits of the tree have great antioxidant properties and hence boost the immunity system of the body.

Blood Purification

The bark of the tree and fruits help in purification of the blood.

Additional Uses

Wounds

Cassia Fistula is great in treating wounds. The specialty of the herb is that it promotes tissue regeneration. In many countries, the juice extracted from the juice of the leaves or a paste of the leaves is used for dressing the infected skin areas.

Blood Sugar

The roots of Cassia fistula have the property to reduce blood sugar by about 30 percent.

Purgative

In some countries like Philippines, a decoction is prepared from the leaves and fruit pulp of the tree. This serves as a great purgative.

Firewood

In many countries, people are use this tree as a firewood

Ornamental tree

The tree has been grown in many countries as a ornamental tree.

Additional Information

This herb is considered safe for consumption by children. It is often used for treating constipation.

This herb can be used by pregnant women, unlike most of the other herbs. The only catch is that the External pod should not be consumed.

Precautions

The herb needs to be taken in small quantities. Consuming excess of the medicine results in stomach pain and vomiting.

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