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Stinking Cassia (Senna tora)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Stinking Cassia
Senna tora

The seeds (does this mean the pods?) are a source of tannin[146].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves and the seeds are anticholesterolemic, antispasmodic, carminative, emollient, hepatic, ophthalmic and purgative[51, 147, 176, 272, 279]. The powdered leaves are used in the treatment of indigestion and stomach pain[272].The leaves are used externally in the treatment of skin diseases[146, 272].

    The seed contains anthraquinones and naphthopyrones[279]. It is anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal and hepatic[272, 279]. The seed is used in Korea to treat constipation, oedema, glaucoma, nyctalopia and to protect the liver[279]. A paste made from the seed is used externally in Nepal to treat leucoderma, leprosy and itchy skin[272].

    A paste made from the roots, mixed with lemon juice (Citrus limon) is applied as a poultice to treat ringworm[272].

    A decoction of the fruit is used in the treatment of fevers[272].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked as a vegetable[272].

    Roasted seeds are a coffee substitute[272].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – scarify and then pre-soak the seed for 2 – 3 hours in warm water before sowing it from early spring to early summer in a warm greenhouse[138]. The seed usually germinates in 1 – 12 weeks at 23¡c[138]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse. Do not plant them out until the following spring[138]. Division as growth commences in spring[11]. Cuttings of moderately ripe wood, July in a frame[1].
See also [51], [240]. C. Tora Benth. = Senna obtusifolia[200].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea to the Phillipines, Vietnam and Indonesia.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.