Agricultural Research Service - ARS

Dr. Duke's
Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases

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Cassia fistula L. (FABACEAE)

Carbuncle Burkill,1966; Dermatosis Burkill,1966; Herpes Burkill,1966; Purgative Burkill,1966; Wound Burkill,1966

Cassia fistula (FABACEAE)

Aperient Steinmetz, Takeda; Astringent Pittier; Burn Eb24: 248; Cancer Eb24: 248; Constipation Uphof; Convulsion Eb24: 248; Delirium Eb24: 248; Diarrhea Eb24: 248; Dysuria Eb24: 248; Epilepsy Eb24: 248; Flu Liogier; Fumitory Duke,1972; Gravel Eb24: 248; Hematuria Eb24: 248; Laxative Duke,1972, Liogier, Martinez, Pittier, Uphof, Woi.2; Pimple Eb24: 248; Purgative Bliss, Pittier, Uphof; Syphilis Eb24: 248; Tumor(Glands) Hartwell; Vermifuge Liogier

* = 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 15:37:00 EDT 2002

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