Cassia tora (scientific name: Cassia tora Linn., also known as sickle senna, sickle pod, tora, coffee pod, tovara, chakvad and foetid cassia, Chinese Pinyin: Jue Ming, Simplified Chinese: 决明, 草决明, 羊明, 羊角, 马蹄决明, 还瞳子, 假绿豆, 马蹄子, 羊角豆, 马蹄决明), is a species of annual flowering shrub in genus Cassia (Fabaceae family). Found in South-East Asia and the South West Pacific, the plant can grow up to 2 meter tall. The seeds of Cassia tora acts as aperitive, antihypertensive and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases and health problems including high blood pressure, constipation and various headache.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The seeds of Cassia tora is considered to have brackish, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver and large intestine meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Cassia Tora & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Vision, Blindness And Eye Health
Powdered Cassia tora seeds is taken after meal to treat chronic blindness.
Powdered radix bupleuri and semen cassiae (Cassia tora seeds) mixed with human milk is used externally to treat dim vision (dull eyesight).
A decoction of seeds of celosia argentea (15g), sodium sulfate (4.5g), seed of wild jujube (12g), butterflybush flower (9g), Cassia tora seeds (9g), white lablab bean (15g) is taken orally to treat chronic uveitis.
Powdered Cassia tora seeds (fried) mixed with tea is applied externally to treat red painful eyes.
3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain
A mixture of Henan chrysanthemum, Prunella vulgaris, Semen cassiae (Cassia tora seeds) and tribulusterrestris is smoked in treating conjunctivitis.
3.3 Bleeding Stopping
Powdered Cassia tora seeds can be used externally to stop severe nosebleeds.
3.4 Skin Health
A decoction of smashed Cassia tora seeds and fresh licorice root is taken orally to heal back boils at the beginning stages.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Administration with caution for pregnant women and people with spleen and stomach deficiency or vital energy (qi) and blood deficiency.
5. Research And Studies:
Fresh Cassia tora seeds contains chrysophanol, emodin, aloe emodin, rhein, emodin glucoside, emodin anthrone, emodin methyl ether, xylin, orange xylin, Crescentia rose pigment, Cassia pine , Cassia lactone and vitamin A.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.