Tenner's cassia is a perennial shrub with round, hard and strong stem, brown in color, with numerous branches. It grows up to 30 to 60 cm in height. It has compound, stipulate leaves, yellowish green in color and large yellow flowers. There are 7 to 10 seeds in each of its fruits. The plant is called tenner's cassia as the bark is one of the most valuable of Indian tans containing tannin.
Botanical Name: Cassia auriculata
Indian Name: Tarwar
Below are some of the medicinal properties of Tenner's cassia:
- Tenner's cassia is effective remedy for diabetes. A decoction of the whole plant or bubs can be used to treat this disease. The powder of the herb, mixed with honey, is equally efficacious in such a case. Its seeds can be used in the similar manner as flowers.
- The seeds of tenner's cassia find their application in purulent ophthalmia - that is, inflammation of the eye or conjunctiva. They should be finely powdered and blown into the affected eyes. An ointment prepared from them and oil can be applied to the affected eye with confidence.
- Finely powdered, decorticated seeds should be used as a dusting powder in the treatment of conjunctivitis.
- The bark of tenner's cassia has astringent properties and is useful as a gargle in case of sore throat.
- It is useful in regulating the menstrual cycle. The flower and flower buds can be used beneficially as pessaries to check excessive menstrual flow.