Ayurveda and Science

Amaltas/अमलतास/Cassia Fistula/Indian Laburnum/Aragbadha


Amaltas Plant
Hindi Name: Amaltas
Sanskrit Name: Aragbadha
English Name: Indian Laburnum
Latin Name: Cassia fistula Linn
A medium sized tree with brilliant yellow flowers growing at roadside and gardens. Long cylindrical pods of the tree are used in Ayurveda.

Cassia Fistula Medicinal Uses

Bark of the Aragvadha is extensively used by Ayurveda in India in the treatment of inflammatory swellings and as a cleaning agent for ulcers and wounds. It is believed to decrease purulent discharge and act as a local antiseptic. The fruits are also used as a laxative. Aragvadha is considered to maintain the balance of water content in the bowel mass to ensure smooth defecation.

Chemical Composition

Pods contain glucoside rhein and an anthraquinone, fistulic acid. Leaves contain glucosides which have been identified as senoside A & B. The stem bark contained tannins, lupeol, b-sitosterol and hexacosanol.

Effect on

Balances vata and pitta.
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