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The Cassia plants are well known for a group of chemicals with strong laxative actions called anthraquinones. The most widely used species of Cassia in herbal medicine is known as senna (Cassia senna or C. acutifolia). The actions of the anthraquinones chemicals are the basis of senna's widespread use as a purgative and strong laxative.* While fedegoso leaves do contain a small amount of these anthraquinones, it was shown in animal studies not to have the same strong purgative and laxative effects as fedegoso seeds or senna.* For more information about fedegoso (Cassia occidentalis), please refer to the Database File for Fedegoso in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of fedegoso, click here.
Traditional Uses:* as a broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial to treat bacterial and fungal infections; for liver disorders (jaundice, hepatitis, cirrhosis, anemia, detoxification, injury/failure, bile stimulant, etc.); for intestinal worms, internal parasites, skin parasites; as an immune stimulant; as a cellular protector and a preventative to cell damage (immune, liver, kidney, cancer preventative)Suggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages, twice daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.