Latin name: Cassia occidentalis (Linn.) (Caesalpiniaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name : Kasamarda, Arimarda, Kasari, Badikasondi, Chakunda, Kasonda
Coffee Senna seeds are attributed with blood purifying and diuretic properties. The herb has been traditionally used to normalize bowel movements. It is a related species of Senna, a much stronger purgative. The seeds are also beneficial in treating whooping cough, convulsions and heart disease. Despite its name, which comes from its occasional use as a coffee substitute, Coffee Senna is absolutely unrelated to coffee!
The volatile oil obtained from the leaves, roots and seeds have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Coffee Senna regularizes bowel movements and its mild, laxative properties are helpful in treating constipation.
- Respiratory tract disorders can be relieved with the seeds of the herb.
- Coffee Senna leaves are externally applied to wounds to quicken healing.