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Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

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Cassia alata L. (FABACEAE)

Constipation Burkill,1966; Herpes Burkill,1966; Itch Burkill,1966; Larvicide Burkill,1966; Purgative Burkill,1966; Ringworm Burkill,1966; Scabies Burkill,1966; Syphilis Burkill,1966

Cassia alata (FABACEAE)

Abortifacient Ayensu, Liogier; Ache(Stomach) Duke,1972; Amygdalitis Brutus; Antidote Uphof; Ascites Ayensu; Asthma Woi.2; Bactericide** Eb30: 123, Wong; Bite(Snake) Duke,1972, Eb28: 16, Martinez, Standley, Uphof; Bronchitis Woi.2; Craw-Craw Ayensu; Depurative Brutus; Dhobi Itch Ayensu; Diarrhea Eb30: 123; Diuretic Liogier, Martinez, Pittier, Standley; Dysentery Ayensu; Eczema Ayensu, Eb30: 123, Woi.2; Fever Martinez, Standley; Fungicide Duke,1972; Gonorrhea Ayensu; Herpes** Eb30: 123, Wong, Ayensu, Brutus, Liogier; Insecticide Ayensu, Duke,1972, Liogier, Standley; Itch Liogier, Pittier; Leprosy Ayensu; Measles Brutus; Mycosis Ayensu; Parturition Ayensu, Liogier; Piscicide Duke,1972; Poison Woi.2; Poultice Eb28: 16; Prurigo Liogier; Psoriasis Brutus; Purgative** Eb30: 123, Wong, Ayensu, Eb28: 16, Eb30: 123, Martinez, Standley, Uphof, Wong; Rheumatism Duke,1972, Uphof; Ringworm Ayensu, Eb28: 16, Standley, Woi.2; Scurvy Ayensu; Shingles Ayensu; Skin Altschul, Ayensu, Eb28: 16, Liogier, Martinez, Standley, Uphof; Soporific Liogier; Sore Ayensu, Liogier; Sore(Throat) Brutus, Liogier; Sudorific Martinez, Standley; Syphilis Martinez, Standley; Taenifuge Ayensu; Tattoo Ayensu; Tonic Brutus; Venereal Duke,1972, Martinez; Vermifuge** Eb30: 123, Wong, Ayensu, Duke,1972, Eb30: 123, Uphof; Vitiligo Eb30: 123; Vulnerary Brutus

* = Chemical(s) found in plant shown to be effective for the ailment medicated
** = Plant itself shown to be effective for the ailment medicated

Phytochemical Database, USDA - ARS - NGRL, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland
Mon May 20 15:36:35 EDT 2002

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