Monday, July 7, 2014

Kanya Pistula - Halamang Gamot / Herbal Medicine

 Scientific name: Cassia fistula L.
English: Golden shower
Tagalog: Kanya pistula

Moderate-sized, erect deciduous tree. Leaves are pinnate, smooth, 30-40 cm long. Leaflets are ovate, 8-16, about 10 cm long. Flowers are fragrant and bright yellow; borne in long, lax racemes, 30-50 cm long. Pod is cylindric, 30-60 cm long, about 2.5 cm thick, dark brown, pendulous, smooth and shiny. Seeds are numerous, embedded in black, sweet pulp.


Distribution
Found in northern Luzon to Mindanao. Cuultivated as an ornamental flowering tree.

Constituents
Tannin; saccharose, 53-66%; invert sugar; citric acid; coloring matter; pectin; anthraquinone.
No alkaloid principle.

Parts used and preparation
Leaves, roots and pods.

Medicinal uses:
Ringworn and other fungal skin infections: Grind leaves into a paste and rub on affected parts.
Laxative: Eat pulp of ripe fruit (4-10 segments). Powdered leaves are also laxative.
Roots are given as a tonic and febrifuge; also, a strong purgative.
Flowers are demulcent and laxative.