Common Name : Candle Bush, Ringworm Tree, Candletree, Chum-Hed-Thet (in Thai)
Part Used : Leaves
Cassia alata or Senna alata have a long history to be used in folk medicine. It is native to Mexico and can be found in diverse habitats around intertropical
areas. Cassia alata is a shrub stands 3-4 m tall, with leaves 50-80 cm long. Its inflorescence looks like a yellow candle - also known as candle bush. The fruit shaped like a straight pod is up to 25 cm long, seed are distributed by water or animals, leaves close in the dark. It has been reported to contain anthraquinones and Flavonoids as active ingredients for anti-microbial, treating ringworm and other fungal infections of the skin. Its laxative effect, due to its Anthraquinone content, is also well proven. Cassia alata had been mainly used in folk medicine against constipation and skin diseases.