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Indian Laburnum


Botanical Name Cassia fistula Linn.
Common NameIndian Laburnum, Amaltas (Hindi), Konrai (Tamil), Aragvadha (Sanskrit)

Distribution

Throughout India

Religious association

The Konrai flower is closely associated with Lord Shiva. The flower, also referred to as the ‘golden shower’ is lauded for its beauty at several places in the Tirumurai hymns.

Uses

The leaf extract is used to treat ringworm and other skin infections. The flower decoction is used to destroy intestinal worms and to cure leprosy. The pulp from the fruit called ‘cassia pulp’ is a well known laxative. It also has digestive, anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic and blood purifying properties

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