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Chakramarda: Cassia tora

Chakramarda is one of the best Ayurveda herbs to expel out the unwanted fat from the body

Chakramarda nourishes the skin and useful in all skin diseases 

Chakramarda is useful in cough and respiratory distress

Chakramarda possesses anti oxidant and hepato protective properties 

Chakramarda also possesses anti microbial (specially against ring worms) and anti bacterial properties

Common Name:
Ring-worm Plant (Eng.)

Sanskrit Name:

  • Chakramarda;
  • Dadrughna;
  • Edagaja;
  • Meshalochana;
  • Prapunnad;
  • Padmat;
  • Chakri;
  • Chakwar;
  • Panwad;

Lt. Name:
Cassia tora - Leguminosae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa: Katu (Pungent)
  • Guna: Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Non - unctuous)
  • Virya: Ushna (Hot)
  • Vipaka: Katu (Pungent) 

Chemical composition of Chakramarda:
Roots of Cassia tora have been reported to contain 1, 3, 5-trihydroxy-6-7-dimethoxy-2-methyle anthroquinone and beta-sitosterol. The aqueous extract of seeds of the plant is reported to contain Naphtho-alfa-pyrone-toralactune, chrysophenol, physcion, emodin, rubrofusarine, chrysophanic acid-9-anthrone. The extract of leaves contains emodin tricontan-1-01, stigmasterol, b-sitosterol-b-d-glucoside, friendlen, palmitic, stearic, succinic and d-tarteric acid, uridine, quercitrin and isoquercitrin. 

Effect of  Chakramarda on Tridoshas:
Chakramarda pacifies Kapha and Vata Dosha so it can be used in diseases of Kapha and Vata origin. 

Therapeutic Uses of Chakramarda in Ayurveda:

  • Medo Vata Kaphapaha: Chakramarda is very useful in association of Vata Kapha and fat; it makes Chakramarda a very useful Ayurveda herb for weight loss.
  • Dadru kandu hara: Chakramarda works well against ring worm and very useful in skin infestation by it.
  • Kanti Saukumarya kara: Chakramarda nourishes the skin and provides it a glowing look
  • Visha hara: Chakramarda is a good anti oxidant Ayurveda herb.
  • Gulma prashamana: Chakramarda corrects the digestive system and is very useful in gaseous disturbance of digestive system.
  • Shwas Kasa Prashamanam: Chakramarda is very useful in cough and respiratory distress.
  • Krimiharam: Chakramarda is good anti infectious Ayurveda herb.

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Chakramarda Powder 2 oz

Chakramarda Powder 4 oz

Chakramarda Powder 1/2 Lb

Chakramarda Powder 1 Lb

Chakramarda Capsules 60capsules

Medicinal value of Chakramarda:

  • Antimicrobial: Due to increasing resistance to existing synthetic antimicrobial agents, herbal drugs are being looked as importance source for treating various ailments related to skin infections and also for the discovery of new antimicrobial molecules for their synthesis. Cassia tora is a well known plant possessing wide range of pharmacological activities. It has been used in India as folk remedy in the form of decoctions and infusions to treat bacterial and fungal infections and also claimed to be effective against variety of skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, wounds etc. Although this plant, particularly its seeds have been reported to have antimicrobial activities, but no targeted and specific study has been reported. The present investigation was carried out to study this unexplored area of this drug. As the seeds of C. tora possess good antimicrobial activity, it was thought worked to scientifically explore its potential on microorganisms effecting human beings especially on skin, so that safe and effective herbal treatment can be developed for the same.
    • Evaluating Cassia tora Linn. Seeds for their Antimicrobial Potential with Special Reference to Skin Infections Saurabh Jain., M.D.Kharya and Jain Aakansha
  • Antibacterial activity: Aqueous extracts of seeds of Cassia tora and Momordica charantia and flowers of Calendula officinalis exhibited better antibacterial activity as compared to their petroleum ether, methanolic and ethanolic extracts. Among the organisms tested S. aureus was more susceptible to the aqueous extracts of all the three herbs. Further pharmacological and clinical studies are required to understand the mechanism and the actual efficacy of these herbal extracts in treating various infections and skin diseases like psoriasis.
    • Antibacterial activity of antipsoriatic herbs:Cassia tora, Momordica charantia andCalendula officinalis Roopashree TS, Raman Dang, Shobha Rani RH, Narendra C
  • Antioxidant and Antiulcer Activity: The present investigation was carried out to evaluate the antioxidant potential using various in vitro methods by 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl and Hydrogen peroxide. Antiulcerogenic effect of methanolic Cassia tora seed extract was evaluated by pyloric ligation and non-steroidal anti inflammatory induced mucosal damage on Wistar Albino rats. The phytochemical screening shows the presence of various phytoconstituents belonging to class of alkaloids, flavonoids, triterpenoids and steroids. The extract showed maximum antioxidant activity i.e., 76.35±0.52 and 70.17±0.14 by 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl and Hydrogen peroxide at the dose of 200 μg mL-1, respectively as compared to the standard (ascorbic acid). Further, antiulcer activity was assessed. Various biochemical parameters such as gastric volume, free and total acidity was recorded. The reduction of ulcer index as well as gastric acid output in extract treated animals was found to be statistically significant with respect to control animals. The extract exhibited optimum percentage inhibition of 75% by pyloric ligation and 70.31% by non-steroidal anti inflammatory induced ulcer method at concentration of 200 μg mL-1, respectively which was comparable to standard (ranitidine).  The present study suggests that Cassia tora seed extract possessed potent anti-ulcerogenic properties that might be afforded via cytoprotective mechanism by virtue of its antioxidant properties.
    • Evaluation of Cassia tora Seeds for their Antioxidant and Antiulcer Activity N.S. Gill, A. Sharma, R. Arora and Dr. M. Bali
  • Hepatoprotective:The objective of the present study is to determine the hepatoprotective effects of Cassia tora against carbon tetra chloride induced liver damage in albino rats. The efficacy of the treatment was estimated by the serum level marker enzymes: serum glutamatic oxaloacetic transaminase, serum glumate pyruvate transaminase and lactate dehydrogenase. The treatment also includes the estimation of enzymatic antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione-S transferase and catalase; non-enzymatic antioxidants: vitamin C and vitamin E. The results of this study reveal the remarkable increase of marker enzymes in induced rats and decreased level in cassia torra treated ones. Furthermore, the level of enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant level were elevated in treated rats compared to induced ones. 
    • Hepatoprotective effects of Cassia tora on CCl4 induced liver damage in albino rats A. Vetrivel Rajan, N. Shanmugavalli, C. Greety Sunitha and V. Umashankar

Useful part of Chakramarda:
Seeds; leaves

Doses of Chakramarda:

Powder: 1-3gm

Some combinations with Chakramarda:
Dadrughni Vati

Some important notes about Chakramarda:
Paste of Chakramarda seed powder should be applied on lesions of ring worm infestation on skin.

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