Scientific name: Cassia, a
A medicinal herb that contains chrysophanicacid, a fungicide used to treat fungalinfections, like ringworms, scabies, and eczema.Akapulko also contains saponin, a laxativethat is useful in expelling intestinal parasites.
he shrub belongs to the familyofLeguminosae, and grows about one to two meters tall. It has thick branches and the leaves areembraced with 8 to 20 leaflets that are oblong-elliptical in shape.
he flowers of the Akapulko haveoblong sepals, and its fruits are tetragonal, which are also winged and glabrous.
Herbal Benefits Preparation and Use
Anti-fungal: tinea flava, ringworm, athletes foot,and scabiesMouthwash in stomatitisExpectorant for bronchitis and dyspnea
Alleviation of asthma symptoms
Used as diuretic and purgative
or cough & fever
As a laxative to expel intestinal parasitesand other stomach problems.
Note: A strong decoction of Akapulko leaves is anabortifacient. Pregnant women should not take decoction of the leaves or any part of this plant.
resh, matured leaves are pounded. Apply assoap to the affected part 1-2 times a day.As the expectorant for bronchitis and dyspnea,drink decoction (soak and boil for 10 to 15minutes) of Akapulko leaves.
he samepreparation may be used as a mouthwash,stringent, and wash for eczema.As laxative, cut the plant parts (roots, flowers,and the leaves) into a manageable size thenprepare a decoction Note:
he decoction losesits potency if not used for a long time. Disposeleftovers after one day.
he pounded leaves of Akapulko havepurgative functions, specifically againstringworms.