|Scientific Name:||Cassia alata Roscoe|
|Synonym:||C. bracteata L.f. Herpetica alata (L.) Raf. And Senna alata (L.) Roxb|
|Use:||Candlestick plants are widely used for treating ringworm, shingles and other cutaneous diseases such as pityriasis versicolor. Various methods of treating these skin diseases were employed and they include the use of candlestick leaf alone or in combination with other herbs such as Rhinacanthus nasutus and rhizomes of Alpinia galangga. They are pounded and mixed with either kerosene or sulphur and smeared on the diseased areas.Young shoots are also used in the treatment for poisonous insect bites. The shoots are pounded and the paste applied to the affected areas. In addition, Cassia alata has been used for soothing inflammation, oedema, herpes infections, hepatitis, liver discomfort, impetigo, and used as an analgesic. It has also been used for leprosy, wound healing, asthma, anti-bacterial, diuretic, for snakebites, bronchitis, to hasten childbirth, eczema, and uterine disorders.|
|Reference:||Kamarudin Mat-Salleh, A. Latiff, 2002. Tumbuhan Ubatan Malaysia. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Bangi in collaboration with Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Alam Sekitar. 797 pp.
Musa Yaacob, Azimah Abdul Kadir K., Zaharah Hassan. (2009): Tumbuhan Ubatan Popular Malaysia. Serdang: Institut Penyelidikan dan Kemajuan Pertanian Malaysia (MARDI)
Musa Yaacob & Zaharah Hassan (2006). Tumbuhan Ubatan Untuk Penjagaan Kulit. Serdang: Institut Penyelidikan dan Kemajuan Pertanian Malaysia (MARDI)
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