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Fitoterapia. 2010 Jun;81(4):223-30. doi: 10.1016/j.fitote.2009.09.008. Epub 2009 Sep 29.

Cassia occidentalis L.: a review on its ethnobotany, phytochemical and pharmacological profile.

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Department of Genetics, M. D. University, Rohtak - 124001, Haryana, India.


Cassia occidentalis L. is an annual or perennial Ayurvedic plant which is used in several traditional medicines to cure various diseases. This weed has been known to possess antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, anticancerous, antimutagenic and hepatoprotective activity. A wide range of chemical compounds including achrosin, aloe-emodin, emodin, anthraquinones, anthrones, apigenin, aurantiobtusin, campesterol, cassiollin, chryso-obtusin, chrysophanic acid, chrysarobin, chrysophanol, chrysoeriol etc. have been isolated from this plant. The presented review summarizes the information concerning the botany, ethnopharmacologyquery, phytochemistry, biological activity and toxicity of the C.occidentalis plant.

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