Understanding of Cassia Seed Extract in Traditional Chinese Medicine
“Shen Nong’s Materia Medica” lists Cassia seed as the top drug: “Helping liver qi, nourishing essence, treating headwind, improving eyesight… long-term service and light body.”
The 2010 edition of “Chinese Pharmacopoeia” records that Cassia seed is slightly cold in nature, sweet, bitter, and salty in nature, and enters the liver, kidney, and large intestine meridian. It has the functions of moisturizing the intestines and laxative, clearing heat and improving eyesight. It is widely used in the treatment of headaches, dizziness, red eyes and astringent pain, constipation, shame and multiple tears, and has achieved good results.
For example, cassia seed extract and chrysanthemum have the effect of clearing the liver and improving eyesight, and can treat red eyes, swelling, pain, wind and tears caused by inflammation of the liver. The extract of Cassia Seed and Angelica have the effects of moistening the intestines and laxative, replenishing liver and blood, and can treat constipation caused by intestinal dryness and blood deficiency. Cassia seed extract combined with Prunella vulgaris has the effects of suppressing liver yang and clearing liver fire, and can treat symptoms such as irritability, irritability and eyeball pain caused by hyperactivity of liver yang and strong liver fire. Cassia seed extract and wolfberry have the effect of nourishing the liver and improving eyesight, and can treat dizziness of vision and kidney deficiency caused by liver and kidney deficiency.
Modern pharmacological research of Cassia seed extract
Lowering blood pressure: Studies have shown that Cassia seed extract can significantly reduce diastolic and systolic blood pressure, has a higher blood pressure lowering effect, and the lowering of blood pressure is maintained for a longer time.
Blood lipid-lowering effect: Clinical data show that Cassia seed extract can inhibit the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in the aorta, and can also inhibit the increase of serum cholesterol. Among them, anthraquinone glycosides are the main components of Cassia seed to lower lipids. They can increase excretion, reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract, and reduce serum cholesterol levels, thereby purifying blood, softening blood vessels, and reducing blood viscosity. Ultimately reduce the damage of atherosclerotic plaque to the cardiovascular system.
Laxative effect: Cassia seed extract is good at laxative, but the laxative effect of fried products is weakened. Because the effective ingredients for laxative effect are combined with anthraquinone, high temperature frying can reduce the effective ingredients.
Eye protection: Cassia seed extract can activate the lactate dehydrogenase in the ciliary muscle of the eye tissue and increase the content of adenosine triphosphate, which can protect the eyes and prevent myopia, presbyopia, conjunctivitis and other eye diseases.
Weight loss: Cassia seed extract can significantly inhibit weight gain caused by nutritional obesity by regulating glucose and fat metabolism.
Bacteriostasis: Cassia seed extract decoction can effectively inhibit bacteria and skin fungi. The emodin in cassia seed can inhibit more than ten kinds of bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, influenza bacillus, pneumococcus, and diphtheria Bacillus.
Anti-cancer effect: Studies have shown that Cassia seed extract has a good inhibitory effect on human cervical cancer cells, and rhein has a good inhibitory effect on melanoma.
Hepatoprotective effect: Cassia seed extract, the active ingredients of which can resist liver damage and achieve a good detoxification and liver protection effect. After frying, the effective ingredients in cassia seeds are reduced, so the liver-protecting effect of frying cassia seeds is not as good as that of raw products.