CASSIA FISTULA also Known as Fistula, Laburnum, Purging Fistula, Golden Shower, Amaltas
Cassia Fistula

Cassia Fistula

Botanical Name
Family Name
Part Used
Product offered
Extract or Alkaloid:
Common Name
Cassia Fistula
Fruits, Leaves,Bark
Grows in valleys upto 1200 m in himalayas
Seeds, Fruit, Pod, Fruit pulp
Fistula, Laburnum, Purging Fistula, Golden Shower, Amaltas


There are many Cassia species worldwide which are used in herbal medicine systems. This particular family of plants are used widely for their laxative actions. Canafistula is no exception... it is often used as a highly effective moderate laxative that is safe even for children.

However, in large doses, the leaves and bark can cause vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and cramps. Canafistula is also employed as a remedy for tumors of the abdomen, glands, liver, stomach, and throat, for burns, cancer, constipation, convulsions, delirium, diarrhea, dysuria, epilepsy, gravel, hematuria, pimples, and glandular tumors.

In Ayurvedic medicine systems, the seeds are attributed with antibilious, aperitif, carminative, and laxative properties while the the root is used for adenopathy, burning sensations, leprosy, skin diseases, syphilis, and tubercular glands. The leaves are employed there for erysipelas, malaria, rheumatism, and ulcers. In Brazilian herbal medicine, the seeds are used as a laxative and the leaves and/or bark is used for pain and inflammation.