Semen cassiae

Semen cassiae

is the seed of legumes Senna tora or Senna obtusifolia. It is said to be especially good for meridians of wood (liver and bile) and metal (large intestine and lungs) in Chinese Traditional Medicine {Radix Rehmanniae; Li , 2000; and Lui, 2000}. 

Traditionally, cassia seeds are added in some therapeutic roasted teas to control blood pressure, sugar and fats, and Alzheimer {Hao et al., 2001; Cho et al., 2005; Kim et al., 2007}.

Semen cassia lubricates bowel movements {Gao et al., 1993} therefore could relieve constipation-related autoimmune diseases.

A review study {Dong et al., 2017} mentioned that Semen cassia soothes liver and kidneys. Specifically, it reduces total cholesterol and triglyceride in liver, and invigorate liver from alcohol and toxin-induced injuries. Thus, it also restores vision and relieve eye dryness from liver or kidney-related retinopathy, optic atrophy and cataracts.

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Dong, X., Fu, J., Yin, X., Yang, C., Zhang, X., Wang, W., Du, X., Wang, Q. and Ni, J., 2017. Cassiae semen: a review of its phytochemistry and pharmacology. Molecular medicine reports16(3), pp.2331-2346.

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