LAXATIVE AND ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES OF CASSIA SPECIES GROWING IN IBADAN
AbstractColorimetric estimation of anthraquinone content, antimicrobial and laxative effects of leaves and pods of Cassia fistula Linn., C. specatabilis DC and C podocarpa Guill. and Perr. are described because of the popular uses of these species by herbalists in Ibadan. The pods of the Cassia species exhibited potent antifungal activity than the leaf samples. Pods of C. fistula showed significant antibacterial activity when compared to that of ampicillin. This study justifies the use of the Cassia species in traditional medicine.
Key Words: Cassia species, Leguminosae-Caesalpinoideae, Anthraquinone content, Laxative activity, Antimicrobial activity.
Nig. J. Nat Prod. And Med. Vol.3 1999: 47-50