Akapulko (Cassia alata L)

Akapulko is used as herbal medicine and is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical climate of Philippines. Akapulko is widely used in the Philippines as herbal medicine. The akapulko leaves contain chrysophanic acid, a fungicide that is used to treat fungal infections, like ringworms, scabies and eczema.. Akapulko leaves are also known to be sudorific, diuretic and purgative, usedto treat intestinal problems including intestinal parasites. Akapulko is also used as herbal medicine to treat bronchitis and asthma. Because of Akapulko’s anti-fungal properties, it is a common ingredient in soaps, shampoos, and lotions in the Philippines. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has helped develop the technology for a akapulko herbal medicine lotion.

Akapulko is an erect, shrubby legume with dark green compound leaves. Akapulko leaves have orange rachis that has 16-28 leaflets. Akapulko produces an axis of golden yellow flowers that has 4-winged pods containing 50-60 flattened, triangular seeds. Akapulko flowers are enclosed by yellow-orange bracts that are later shed in time.


Akapulko, Herbal Medicine For Skin Disease

Akapulko is used as herbal medicine for the following skin diseases

Tinea infections,
insect bites,
ringworms,
eczema,
scabies and
itchiness.

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Akapulko, Herbal Medicine For Stomach Problems
Akapulko is used as herbal medicine for the following stomach problems

Laxative to expel intestinal parasites,
diuretic
purgative.
Strong decoction of leaves are also known to cause abortion in pregnant women.