Latin name: Cassia fistula Linn. (Caesalpiniaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Aragvadha, Suvarnaka, Kritamala, Chaturangula, Amaltas, Bandarlauri
The Golden Shower tree is the national tree of Thailand. Its flower is the state flower of Kerala, a southern state in India. The therapeutic benefits of Goldern Shower are recorded in traditional medicine texts in Sri Lanka, Burma and India. In Ayurveda, the tree is also called aragvadha or ‘the disease killer’. Golden Shower is effective in treating skin diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and cardiac problems.
Golden Shower seeds contain crude proteins, fats and fiber as well as carbohydrates, fistulic acid, rhein, rheinglucoside, galactomannan, sennosides A and B, tannin, phlobaphenes, oxyanthraquinone substances, emodin, chrysophanic acid, fistuacacidin, barbaloin, lupeol, beta-sitosterol and hexacosanol. These chemical constituents give the herb its therapeutic properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The roots of Golden Shower are useful in treating skin diseases and alleviating burning sensation in the stomach.
- The fruits of Golden Shower are beneficial in cardiac disorders.
- A herbal formulation containing Golden Shower extracts can facilitate the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like colic, flatulence, acidity and dysentery.