Akapulko

Benefits of A las doce

With its scientific name cassia alata, akapulko is also known with many names in English. These include: Emperor’s candlestick, candle bush, ringworm bush/shrub, and wild senna. It was introduced by tropical Americans but now grows abundantly throughout the Philippines, usually on low and medium altitudes. Occasionally, it is cultivated to use as an ornament or for medication.

It is known that akapulko has its laxative, fungicidal, alterative, abortifacient, purgative, sudorific, hydragogue, diuretic, vermifuge effects. Its seeds are also used to treat intestinal parasitism. Decoction of leaves and flowers are used as expectorant in bronchitis and asthma as well as an astringent. Crushed leaves and juice extract are also used to treat ringworm, scabies, eczema, tinea infections, itches, insect bites, and herpes.

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