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Cassia alata for treating eczema

Postby green baron » Sat May 05, 2012 12:23 am

I read from a web forum that Cassia alata is very effective for treating eczema. I have not tried it so read up and try it at your own risk. There are lots of information on the web.

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Cassias with high levels of anthraquinones and crysophanic acid are very effective inhibitors of skin fungus, mite infestations, bacterial and microbial diseases. Cassia alata has been traditionally used to treat eczema, itching and skin infections in humans. It has also been demonstrated to completely cure bovine skin lesions due to Dermatophilus Congolensis, Pityriasis versicolor, and mite infestation of rabbits, Psoroptes cuniculi.

Chrysophanic acid is also effective in treating psoriasis. The cassias with high levels of anthraquinones and crysophanic acid are genuinely effective in promoting healthy conditions of skin and hair.

Dr. Godwin Ihesie of Ihesie Natural Health Services, Iju-Ajuwon, Ogun State said "in treating skin diseases, a very potent plant often used is Cassia alata. Some refer to it as Senna alata. Found along streams, rivers, and on wet soils. It is particularly useful during dry season when skin diseases is always on the rise."

His word: "There are many kinds of diseases affecting the skin. The common ones affecting Nigerians are eczema, dandruff, acne, blemish, pimples, and dermatitis, scaling skins, athletic and smelly foot, ringworm and other fungi infections. Others are loss of hair (alopesia) and also skin cancer. Considering the hot weather we are experiencing now, it is obvious that skin diseases are on the prowl."

"The cassia alata plant exhibits anti-fungal properties. In traditional medicinal practice, the leaves or sap are used to treat fungal infections such as ringworm. They contain a fungicide, chrysophanic acid. Because of its anti-fungal properties, it is a common ingredient in soaps, shampoos and lotions in the many countries of the world. The effectiveness of this plant against skin diseases is confirmed by modern scientific studies."

"The parts used for skin problems are the leaves and bark of the plant. In treating skin diseases the leaves are used both internally and externally. In internal uses it has a laxative effect because it contains a chemical known as anthraquinones. One has to be careful because anthraquinones though not poisonous, can cause intestinal gripping.

It is used the same way as senna herb or the popular herb tea. It exhibits microbial effects such as anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungi, and anti-viral. These effects are due to the presence of chrysophanic acid and also sapanine. Ihesie prescribed methods of use in the management of skin disease. Pound the leaves and extract the fresh juice. This juice can be diluted with lime and small quantity of potassium. This can then be applied to the affected hard part (palm or feet) of the body. It can also be diluted with olive oil and applied to the soft part of the body (the skin). The juice or sap can also be mixed with black soap for bathing. This is for any skin disease. You can also prepare an ointment from it. In doing this, you can prepare an herbal oil of cassia alata. Take about two ounces of fresh leaves of cassia alata, add four cups of water and one cup of either coconut oil or olive oil. Boil the mixture under a low heat flame until the water is completely evaporated. Then filter out the oil. This ointment can then be applied to the affected skin. All these preparations can be used in the treatment of skin diseases like ring worm, eczema, dandruff, scalp infection, craw-craw, herpes, shingles, and also athletic and smelly foot," he said.

Apart from the treatment of skin diseases, cassia alata, according to him, could be used in the treatment of other health-related problems such as; high blood pressure, long standing sexually transmitted disease (STD), chest infestions, general body pains.

"It is particularly important in the treatment of waist pains in men," he said.

"Pregnant women should avoid it because it has very strong abortificient properties. However, it is important in hastening labour and childbirth," he advised.
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