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Cassia alata

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(Senna alata) flower at Mudasarlova Park 01.JPG

Ringworm bush is a deciduous shrub or small tree with horizontal branches. It can grow up to 8 metres tall. The plant is highly valued in many areas of the tropics for its medicinal virtues. It is commonly gathered from the wild, mainly for medicinal use but also as a food and source of materials.


Skin diseases, Diarrhoea, Worms, Parasitic skin diseases, Scabies, Eczema, Diarrhoea, Tympanites, Sores, Skin fungi, Stomach problems.

Parts Used

Young leaves, Young pods.

Chemical Composition

12 compounds were isolated from C. alata, which were identified as Chrysoeriol, Kaempferol, Quercetin, Trihydroflavanone, Kaempferol-3-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (5), Kaempferol beta-D-glucopyranoside etc.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Dodda chagache, Dhavalagida
Hindi Dad mardan
Malayalam NA
Tamil Simaiyagatti
Telugu Metta taamara
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Dadrighna
English Ringworm shrub


Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.









Deciduous shrub



Kind Shape Feature



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Flowering from November to February


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruiting from November to February

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

A plant of moister areas in the tropics, where it is usually found at lower elevations but occasionally as high as 2,100 metres.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Found in many habitats, Preferring disturbed, Rather open vegetation, River banks, Rain forest edges, Open forest, Pond and ditch margins, Lake shores.

Photo Gallery


  1. Arrticle - National library of Medicine
  2. [Morphology]
  3. Cultivation

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