What are the effects of Cassia Seed Extract? Who is suitable and who is not suitable?
In life, many elderly people or people who lose weight like to drink cassia seed extract in water. Cassia seed extract is a common traditional Chinese medicine, which has the effects of clearing the liver, improving eyesight, moisturizing the intestines and laxatives, and is also beneficial to patients with high blood pressure and hyperlipidemia. In addition to cassia seed tea, we often have cassia seed tea and cassia seed pillows in our lives. Many people only know that cassia seed can lower blood pressure and relieve bowel movements. In fact, cassia seed is a beneficial medicinal and food dual-purpose medicinal material with multiple functions. At the same time, cassia seed tea cannot be taken for a long time, and some things need to be paid attention to.
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Knowing Cassia Seed Extract
Cassia seeds extract are also called cassia cassia, false mung bean, horseshoe cassia, obtuse cassia, etc. They are mature dry seeds of small cassia or leguminous cassia. It is cultivated in the north and south of our country. It is mostly produced in Zhejiang, Anhui, Guangdong, Sichuan and other places. It likes high temperature and humid climate. The collection time is autumn. After sun-dried, the seeds are layed down for stir-frying or raw use.
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.
Cassia seed extract is commonly used in the family
When cassia seed is soaked in water instead of tea, it is best to use fire to boil for the first time before taking it, and then brew it with boiling water. For patients whose blood lipids and blood pressure are not too high, this method can be used to stabilize blood pressure and blood lipids. But if you need to take medicine to control high blood pressure and high blood lipids, you must not stop the medicine without authorization!
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Laxative: Use a small amount of Cassia seed extract to soak water instead of tea every day.
Stable hyperlipidemia: 50g of Cassia seed extract, decocted with water to 200ml, take 100m each time, 2 times a day. Or take cassia seed tablets, cassia seed syrup, etc. It can play a good role in lowering blood lipids. Most patients’ symptoms such as weakness, headache and dizziness can be relieved, but there are also adverse reactions such as diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal distension in a small number of patients.
Stabilize high blood pressure: Commonly used cassia seed extract combined with wild chrysanthemum soaking in water can effectively stabilize blood pressure, especially those with irritable liver.
Oral ulcers: Sprinkle appropriate cassia seed powder on the oral ulcers, 4 times a day, or gargle with cassia seed decoction, for continuous treatment for 5-10 days, which can promote the healing of oral ulcers and improve symptoms, especially for those caused by intense liver fire. Oral ulcers, the effect is more obvious.
Avoid taking it for pregnant women, those with deficiency of spleen and stomach, and insufficient Qi and blood!
Cassia seed extract is cold in nature and has diarrhea and blood pressure lowering effects. Therefore, it is not suitable for patients with spleen and stomach deficiency, diarrhea and hypotension. In addition, Cassia seed extract mainly contains chrysophanol, emodin and other ingredients, long-term use can cause gastrointestinal problems.
Among patients who use Cassia Seed to lower blood lipids, nearly 10% of patients will initially experience symptoms such as abdominal distension, diarrhea, and nausea, but they usually disappear on their own without affecting the continued medication. If the symptoms persist, it is recommended to stop taking it.
Women who drink Cassia seed extract for a long time can cause irregular menstruation and severely affect the endometrium. Because Cassia seed extract has the effect of contracting the uterus, pregnant women with high blood pressure during pregnancy must not use Cassia seed to lower blood pressure!
Cassia seed extract has a diarrhea effect and should not be taken for a long time, otherwise it will easily vent the body’s righteousness. It is recommended to take no more than 10g per day and no more than 2 months of continuous consumption.