What is Foetid Cassia seed and its application?

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Applications and Properties:

Applications:

Semen Cassiae Cassia obtusifolia L Cassia tora L Semen Sennae Foetid Cassia seedUpward disturbance of liver fire or invasion of exogenous wind and heat manifested as red, swollen and painful eyes and photophobia.
Constipation due to dryness in the intestines.
Hyperactivity of liver yang manifested as dizziness, vertigo and blurred vision.
Deficient yin of the liver and kidneys manifested as blurred vision and cataracts.
Conjunctival congestion, swelling and pain, dizziness and headache caused by the flamming-up of the liver-fire.
Treat High Blood Pressure.
Treat conjunctivitis.
Skin diseases,and leprosy.
Clear heat and brighten eyes,
Relaxing bowel.
Expelling wind and clearing away heat,
Eliminating dampness and detoxification.

Properties:

Semen Cassiae Cassia obtusifolia L Cassia tora L Semen Sennae Foetid Cassia seedThis herb is especially good for conditions of the eyes.it will brighten them and relieve pain, congestion, itchiness,redness,or sensitivity to light when caused by wind-heat conditions. It can also be used when there is headache along with some of the above conditions in cases of liver yang rising. It is useful when there is either chronic or acute constipation accompanying liver yin deficiency.it has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure.

The herb Cassia Seed(Seed of Sickle Senna,Semen Cassiae,Jue Ming Zi) taste sweet,bitter,salt,nature slight cold.Enter into liver,large intestine meridians.

In TCM,the herb Cassia Seed(Seed of Sickle Senna,Semen Cassiae,Jue Ming Zi) normally indicated for red eyes and eye pain,photophobia with much tears,headache with dizziness,dark eyes,constipation,anemopyretic cold(wind-heat type common cold),flu(influenza),acute conjunctivitis(hot eye,pink eye),jaundice with damp-heat pathogen,acute and chronic nephritis,morbid leukorrhea,scrofula(crewels, struma),carbuncles and sores,furuncle,mastitis,etc.

Dosage:Suggested Dosage internal as decoction 9~15grams.Attention should be paid cases diarrhoea(loose bowels) and low blood pressure should use cautiously.

Safety and Toxicity:

Semen Cassiae generally considered safe in reasonable dosage.It is consumed as a herbal tea in China,Experiments show that medicinal plants anthraquinone compounds having carcinogenic. Most Dihydroxyanthraquinone aglycone of Salmonella typhimurium TA-1537 has a mutagenic effect. Mammalian cell tests showed that hydroxy anthraquinone compounds cause significant reproductive toxicity QSAR, when 1,3-hydroxyl group (such as emodin) and hydroxymethyl side chain (such as 2-hydroxy-anthrone,aloe emodin), these anthraquinone compounds have caused reproductive toxicity. But Cassia toxicity study itself yet.

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