Besides being used as an excellent laxative, it is used as an expectorant, a wound dressing, an antidysenteric, a carminative agent, and for the treatment of gonorrhoea, skin diseases, dyspepsia, fever, and haemorrhoides1-2.Phytochemistry
The major bioactive constituents of C.angustifolia are hydroxyanthracene glycosides viz, sennoside A,B. The leaves also contain several other hydroxy anthracene derivatives viz, sennoside C and D, aloe emodin dianthrone diglucosides, rhein-8-glucoside, chrysophanol glucosides together with free anthroquinones. Other constituents of the leaves includes naphthalene glycoside viz, tinnevellin glucoside, flavonoides3-5.Pharmacology
Cassia angustifolia has been reported to have potent laxative6-8, antiviral9, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antitumour, antifungal and hypotensive activities10.Indications
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