In this text we will focus on the cassia seed use and some of the side effects that may come from the use of this seeds, which have numerous beneficial effects on the human body. But before we move on to the side effects possible, we will see what are cassia seeds and what effects they have on a human body. These seeds are gained from the Jue Ming Zi or cassia plant, which is commonly located in the tropical area. This is an upright and annual plant, which is very popular in China, but it can also be found in other regions like Guangdong, Guangxi, Sichuan and Anhui. This plant is ripe in the autumn and this is when it can be dried in the sun. It is not hard to grow this plant, especially in the green house. If this is the case, during the early spring and after, the seedlings should be transferred to the outdoor garden. This is done due to the temperature, which is warmer, and the soil, which thaws during this period. Before using the seeds, they should be harvested, which is done during the fall, and then they should be dried. This plant has large leaves and yellow flowers. Around six leaves are grouped in these cases. The seeds have a smooth texture and they are located in the pods, which are approximately 20cm in length. The seeds can be dark brown or green, or anything in between and they can sometimes have a yellow stripe.
Vision, intestine, kidney and liver problems may be treated with the cassia seeds and dried seeds may even substitute coffee. The liver will benefit from this seeds due to its salty, bitter and sweet flavor. The seeds make the bowel movement smoother as well. It can be combined with other items such as dodder seeds and wolfberry fruit. This combination will help with the blurred vision. For problems like dizziness due to the liver fire, headaches, pain, swelling and conjunctive congestion, use cassia seed along with gentian root. Intestinal dryness may lead to the heat accumulation in the large intestine, which eventually leads to the constipation. When combining with bush-cherry seed and trichosanthes fruit, it can eliminate this problem due to its laxative properties. Paste made from cassia seeds is used for skin problems and parasites. Also, bacteria such as bacillus coli, parathyphoid bacillus, bacillus diphtheriae and staphylococcus can be treated with cassia seed alcohol infusion. Inhibiting of dermatomuces, fungi, is done with the extract or water infusion of cassia seeds.
Aurantio-obtusin, obtusin and chtysophanol are the chemicals in the cassia seeds that have beneficial effects, but they can be the cause of some side effects as well. The most common are psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome and obesity, but it can also lead to muscle spasms, anxiety, nausea, diarrhea, gas, and drowsiness. Know that cassia seeds should not be taken along with medications for lowering the blood pressure and by pregnant women. Also, those with Qi deficiency and loose bowel movements should not use cassia seeds.