Aragvadha - yellow gold with medicinal value


Amaltas also known as Aragvadha/Rajvraksha in Ayurveda has bright yellow flowers. It is considered as one of the most beautiful trees of India. Aragvadha (Cassia fistula Linn.) is a plant drug which has been used in the medicines in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems of medicine since ages. It has good ornamental and medicinal value. It is mentioned to be useful in diseases like fever, skin disorders, rheumatic disorders etc and acts as anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic etc. 

Herb - Aragvadha

Ayurvedic Actions

Rasa (Taste)Madhura, Tikta.
Virya (Energy)Heating
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Sweet
Guna (Quality)Heavy (guru)
Doshic EffectBalances v- p

Health Benefits

Constipation

Aragwadha, if taken regularly, helps to manage constipation because of its Sramsana (simple purgative) nature. It helps to expel waste products from the large intestine easily.

Diabetic Mellitus

Cassia fistula  possesses  hypo-glycemic,  Glucose oxidizing  and  insulin  mimetic  activities and hence it could be used as a drug for treating diabetes.

Skin diseases

The efficacy of the Cassia fistula in skin diseases may be attributed to the presence of anthraquinone derivatives, especially chrysopherol.

Wound healing.

Cassia  fistula  Linn. (Caesalpinaceae) showed  antiulcer  activity  could  be attributed  to  a  decrease in gastric acid secretion, protection of the mucosal barrier and restoration of mucosal  secretions, inhibition of free radical generation  or prevention of lipid peroxidation, and free radical scavenging or antioxidant properties.

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor)

Useful part - Fruit pulp, bark.

Dose - Amaltas Fruit Pulp Paste, 1-2 teaspoon, Amaltas Churna - Take ¼-½ teaspoon.

Contraindications - Even though it is traditionally used in pregnancy, as it causes a downwards movement it must be used with caution.

References

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49612832_Medicinal_Properties_of_Aragvadha_Cassia_fistula_Linn
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313366837_Therapeutic_Uses_of_Cassia_Fistula_Review

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