Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)
Genus: Senna
Botanical name: Senna alata
Sanskrit: Dadrughna, Dvipagasti
English: Ringworm shrub
Hindi: Dadmurdan
Malayalam: Aanattakara, Malamtakara, Seema agatti, Puzhukkadittakara
Ringworm shrub is native to Mexico, and can be found in diverse habitats. In the tropics it grows up to an altitude of 1,200 meters. It is an invasive species inAustronesia. In Sri Lanka this is use an ingredient of Sinhala traditional medicine.
The shrub stands 3–4 m tall, with leaves 50–80 cm long. The inflorescence looks like a yellow candle. The fruit shaped like a straight pod is up to 25 cm long. Its seed are distributed by water or animals. The leaves close in the dark.
The seed pods are nearly straight, dark brown or nearly black, about 15 cm long and 15 mm wide. On both sides of the pods there is a wing that runs the length of the pod. Pods contains 50 to 60 flattened, triangular seeds.
Ringworm shrub is often called the Ringworm Bush because of its very effective fungicidal properties, for treating ringworm and other fungal infections of the skin. The leaves are ground in a mortar to obtain a kind of "green cotton wool". This is mixed with the same amount of vegetable oil then rubbed on the affected area 2-3 times a day. A fresh preparation is made every day. It may also help remove toxins from the body (detoxification).
Senna alata
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