Sicklepod (Cassia (or Senna) obtusifolia) is a member of the Leguminosae family. Sicklepod is native to the tropical regions of North, Central, and South America. The seeds of the plant are harvested in the autumn. The plant, as the name reflects, is very aromatic; 'cassia' is the Greek word for the aromatic. Sicklepod seeds contain anthraquinones, betulinic acid, chrysophanol, emodin, rhein, physcion, emodin glucoside, emodinanthrone, obtusin, aurantio-obtusin, rubrofusarin, norrubrofusarin, torachryson, toralactone, vitamin A, and many others. Sicklepod aids the vision and eyes, lowers blood cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and prevents the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in the artierial wall. It also has laxative and anti-bacterial effects.
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Cautions Sicklepod seed may cause diarrhea and hypotension.