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.
|Rasa (Taste)||Madhura, Tikta.|
|Vipak (Post-digestive effect)||Sweet|
|Guna (Quality)||Heavy (guru)|
|Doshic Effect||Balances v- p|
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.
Cassia fistula possesses hypo-glycemic, Glucose oxidizing and insulin mimetic activities and hence it could be used as a drug for treating diabetes.
The efficacy of the Cassia fistula in skin diseases may be attributed to the presence of anthraquinone derivatives, especially chrysopherol.
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.