Common name Purging cassia (E), Amaltas (H) Sanskrit Aragvadha Latin Cassia fistula–Fructus, Folium (Caesalpiniaceae)
- Rasa (taste) Sweet
- Vırya (energy) Cold
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Sweet
- Guna (quality) Heavy, unctuous
- Dosa effect VPK–
- Dhatu (tissue) Plasma, blood
- Srotas (channel) Digestive, circulatory
- Anthraquinones Fistulic acid, sennosides
- Sugars Saccharose
- Sterols (Swami Prakashananda Ayurveda Research Centre 1992, Williamson 2002)
- Kusthaghna Alleviates skin diseases
- Kandughna Stops itching
- Recana Laxative
- Sram. sanottama The best bowel cleanser
- Jvaraghna Reduces fevers
- Anulomana Directs vata downwards
- Raktapitta Stops bleeding
Laxative, alterative, febrifuge
Digestion Beneficial where there is constipation from heat drying the fluids in the colon. Specific for high pitta in the intestines where pacaka and ran˜jaka pitta are aggravated. As a gentle laxative it is used in children, the elderly and in pregnancy where constitutionally appropriate. It descends apana vayu and clears flatulence. It is a specific remedy to help ease the discomfort of piles (Bhavaprakaดsa).
Skin By helping to eliminate pitta toxins from the rasa and rakta dhatu it benefits skin aggravations by cleansing the blood. Most useful for hot and damp skin conditions with itching, suppuration and inflammation (Caraka Samhita, Williamson).
Bleeding Helps in bleeding from any of the mucous membranes (Paranjpe 2001).
Fever The ayurvedic adage is to purge a fever after it breaks, ‘natu reco jvarani’, and aragvadha is specifically indicated for cleansing the bowel after a fever (Bhavaprakaดsa).
* Haritaki as a laxative.
* Manjishtha, neem, kutki for inflammatory skin conditions.
* Amalaki for bleeding conditions.
* Nagkeshar, gotu kola for piles.
Even though it is traditionally used in pregnancy, as it causes a downwards movement it must be used with caution.
No drug–herb interactions are known
2–15g per day.
- This medium-sized tree grows all over India.
- Aragvadha literally means ‘remover of diseases’.
- It pacifies va-ta and purges pitta and kapha.
- It loses its properties on boiling, so should be taken as an infusion or a powder.