Sunday, 19 December 2010

Cassia occidentalis is good for the liver

By Syed Akbar
Cassia occidentalis is often regarded as a weed or “waste” plant, because it grows wildly in barren soils and wastelands. Some of the species of Cassia grow taller, but occidentalis is a small herb or at best a shrub. Cassia occidentalis has been used in traditional medicines the world over, from Mexico to India and from China to Egypt. It is widely used in Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine too, notably in treating problems 
and complications related to liver. It forms the basic ingredient in most of the “liver tonics” available in the market.

Apart from its anti-hepatotoxic properties that remove impurities and toxic elements from the liver, Cassia is used as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial herb in Ayurveda and Unani. It is particularly prescribed as a hepato or liver tonic for jaundice patients. Other medical actions of Cassia include its ability to fight malarial parasites in the blood and dermatological issues, provide relief from muscle discomfiture, boost 
the immune system, and promote sweating to reduce high body temperature.

Some practitioners of herbal medicine believe that Cassia is a good natural contraceptive 
that puts off pregnancy for a full menstrual cycle.
Home remedies
Leaves of Cassia are helpful in providing relief from skin diseases, rashes and common ringworm infection. It also helps in healing of wounds and cuts. Take some leaves of Cassia, wash them properly and make them into a paste. Apply the paste on the affected area. You may also apply the leaves directly on the wound for fast healing.

Extract of Cassia root bark readily available in any herbal shop contains anti-pyretic properties. A little of Cassia root bark extract will bring down the high body temperature giving relief from fever and associated health troubles.

Herbal doctors prescribe Cassia pulp for quick relief from constipation. Soak a little quantity of Cassia pulp in a glass of water. Remove the pulp and filter the water. You may add a teaspoon of sugar for taste before drinking it early in the morning for relief from bowel discomfiture,

Extract of Cassia fistula leaves acts as a natural contraceptive, particularly in women. A few drops of Cassia fistula extra taken two times daily for about a week, prevent pregnancy for a full menstrual cycle or one month.

If common cold clogs your nose with mucus discharge making it difficult for you to breathe, you may try Cassia root smoke. Get a few twigs of Cassia root, wash them properly and then burn them. You may inhale the Cassia root smoke for relief from clogged nose and flu. Do make it sure that you do not inhale large quantities of smoke, as it may cause lung problems.

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