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General

  • Cassia tora Linn (family :Leguminosae) is a shrub, extensively used in traditional medicine in tropical and warm substropical countries.
  • Senna tora (originally described by Linné as Cassia tora) is a legume in the subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It grows wild in most of the tropics and is considered a weed in many places; its native range is not well known but probably South Asia.

Process

  • The leaves and seeds were separated and oven dried at 45oC overnight. The plants were grounded into powder form using the grinder. Extraction using Soxhlet apparatus with either 95% (v/v) ethanol as solvent or distilled water for 12 hours was performed. The resultant extraction was frozen and freeze dried for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Ethanol extract of C. tora leaves inihibited M. canis growth similar to the antifungal activity of itraconazole and miconazole.
  • Senna tora gum is a cream-yellow powder obtained after removing the seed coat and germ of S. tora and S. obtusifolia seed and washing, grinding and sieving the endosperm

Uses

  • Decoctions of parts of Cassia tora are uses as an analgesic, anticonvulsant, antipyretic, antifungal, antihelmint, diuretic, expectoran, laxatif, purgatif, treatment of glaucoma and hypertention, treatment of skin disease, ringworm and itch.
  • Cassia tora Linn is extensively used in traditional medicine in tropical and subtropical countries for the treatment of many ailments.

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