Sanskrit: Chakra Marda (ringworm destroyer)
Latin: Cassia tora Linn.
Part Used: Leaves, seeds, roots
Habitat: This small plant grows in dry soil in tropi- cal India and in Bengal.
Action: Externally—germicide, antiparasitical; Internally—gentle laxative
Uses: Seeds and leaves are used for skin diseases. Mixed with lime juice, eases skin itch and erup-
tions; ringworm (used externally). Leaf decoctions (1 part leaves : 10 parts water) given in two ounce doses to children, removes fevers during teething. Leaves boiled in castor oil are applied to foul ul- cers and inflammations. As a poultice, leaves has- ten suppuration. Warmed they reduce gout, sciatica, and joint pains. Seeds are used as a substitute for tea and coffee.
Preparation: Decoction, paste, poultice, oil