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Cassia tora  L.

   

Botanical Name

:

Cassia tora L.

English Name

:

Tora, Sickle senna, coffee pod

Synonym(s)

:

Senna tora (L.) Roxb.

Family

:

Caesalpiniaceae

 

General Info

Description

An annual herb, glabrous. Leaves 6 to 12.5 cm long; stipules linear - subulate, leaflets 2 to 4 opposite pairs with a conical gland, apex acute, base acute to asymetrically rounded. Flowers in pairs aw short axillary peduncles; calyx divided, segments 5 mm long, ovate, acute; petals 5, pale yellow 8 mm long and 2.5 mm wide, oblong, obtuse. Fruits pod, stout, 15 to 25 cm long. Seeds green, 25 to 30.

Herb Effects

Alleviates spasms and antiviral (plant); germicide and antiparasitical, it has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure.

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Aloe-emodin, anthrone, chrysophanol, emodin, oleic acid, palmitic acid, physcion, rhein, rubrofuras in-6-beta-gentiobioside, stearic acid, toralactone (seed); glucose, mannitol (plant); rhein, chrysophenol (leaf).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
Product Categories

Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Aloe-emodin 481-72-1 1,8-dihydroxy-3-(hyd
roxymethyl)anthracen
e-9,10-dione
C15H10O5 Click Here To Enlarge
Rhein Not Available 4,5-dihydroxy-9,10-d
ioxo-anthracene-2-ca
rboxylic acid
C15H8O6 Click Here To Enlarge
Emodin Not Available 1,3,8-trihydroxy-6-m
ethyl-anthracene-9,1
0-dione
C15H10O5 Click Here To Enlarge
Anthrone 90-44-8 10H-anthracen-9-one C14H10O Click Here To Enlarge
Chrysophanol 481-74-3 1,8-dihydroxy-3-meth
yl-anthracene-9,10-d
ione
C15H10O4 Click Here To Enlarge
Oleic acid 8046-01-3 octadec-9-enoic acid C18H34O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Palmitic acid 66321-94-6 hexadecanoic acid C16H32O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Physcion 521-61-9 1,8-dihydroxy-3-meth
oxy-6-methyl-anthrac
ene-9,10-dione
C16H12O5 Click Here To Enlarge
Stearic acid 82497-27-6 octadecanoic acid C18H36O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Toralactone Not Available Not Available C15H12O5 Click Here To Enlarge
Mannitol 85085-15-0 hexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-h
exaol
C6H14O6 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

Snakebite anitdote (root); skin diseases such as caused by ringworm and itching, rheumatic ailments (seed and leaf); eases skin itch and eruptions, relieves pain, congestion, redness, or sensitivity to light of the eyes (herb). Used as a poultice, warmed leaves reduce gout, sciatica, and joint pains, in cases of liver yang rising, chronic or acute constipation accompanying liver yin deficiency.

Contraindication

Cassia seeds should not be used by those with diarrhea or lethargy and should not be used with cannabis seed.

Reference

Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.


Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

Uniyal et al., Medicinal Flora of Garhwal Himalayas.

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