Aragvadha – Cassia fistula: Uses, Qualities, Side Effects

Aragvadha is an ancient Indian herb, widely used in the treatment of skin diseases and in constipation. Its botanical name is Cassia fistula and it belongs to Caesalpinioideae family.  It is a tree that grows up to 25 – 30 feet. 

Vernacular names, Sanskrit synonyms

Hindi name – Amaltas
English name – Purging cassia – because it causes purgation.
Telugu name – Rela
Tamil Name – Kondrem
Kannada name – Phalus
Malayalam name – Kanikonna
Marathi name – Bahva
Gujarati name – Garmalo
Bengali name – Sondal
Punjabi name – Girdanali
Farsi – Khiyar

Sanskrit Synonyms:
Aragwadha –Helps to destroy diseases
Rajavruksha – big, good looking, king size tree
Shampaka – auspicious
Chaturangula – having four finger length fruits
Arevata – detoxifying
Suvarnaka – having good colour, gives good color to the body.
Deerghaphala – long fruits
Svarnabhushana – golden yellow coloured flowers

aragvadha - Cassia fistula uses

Aragwadha medicinal qualities

Guna (qualities) – Mrudu (soft), Guru (heavy to digest), Snigdha (unctuous, oily)
Rasa (taste) – Madhura (sweet)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Madhura (sweet)
Veerya (potency) – Sheeta (cold)
Effect on Tridosha – balances Kapha and Pitta.
Prabhava (special effect) – Sramsana – causes mild purgation

Of all the herbs that are useful in bringing about mild purgation, Aragvadha is the best.
It is useful in
Jvara – fever
Hrudroga- Cardiac disorder
Pittasra – bleeding disorders
Vata udavarta – bloating
Shula – abdominal colic pain
Aragwadha is continuously indicated throughout the course of treatment for fever. It helps to relieve Ama and detoxifies the digestive tract.
Because of its mild purgation action, it can be used in elderly and sensitive people.


Antibacterial and anti-fungal activities

Side effects

In a large dose, it may cause heavy purgation.
It is not indicated in diarrhoea.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Part used

fruit rind, root bark, flower, leaves.

Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurvedic medicines with Aragvadha ingredient –
Manasamitra vatakam – useful in neuro-psychiatric conditions
Maha Manjistadi kashayam – Useful in a wide variety of skin diseases
Kushta rakshasa taila – An herbal oil, used externally for the treatment of skin diseases.
Maharasnadi Kashayam – Useful in Vata disorders.
Aragwadhadi Kashayam – An herbal decoction with Aragvadha as main ingredient, used in vomiting, skin diseases, pruritis and non healing wounds

Cassia fistula for ascites

In Ascites with Pitta Dosha imbalance, milk boiled with Cassia fistula fruit pulp is administered for Virechana (Purgation) treatment. (Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 13)

7 thoughts on “Aragvadha – Cassia fistula: Uses, Qualities, Side Effects”

  1. Sir, I knew that Amaltas seeds are poisonous; Any clarity?
    I’m overnight socking 3″ splitted fruit (1-finger length) into 1-cup and taking early morning. I do it for 2 months of season. Any guideline?

  2. Hi, it should be available in local Ayurveda store. Within India, I have not found it online. It can be used for constipation.

    • Make individual powders with pulverizer or just even a mixer.
      Then filter across a cloth.
      Mix the powders in equal parts.

  3. hi sir, i am ulcerative colitis patient and bleeding too much, i saw one of the blog mentioned like if you use cassia fistula roots powder bleeding will stop, can you please suggest


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