#3 The Wonders of Ringworm Bush (Senna alata)

It is an erect medicinal shrub (or small tree) mainly distributed in tropical and subtropical regions. Almost all parts of the plant have medicinal value. The decoction of leaves, flowers, and bark is used to treat skin diseases such as eczema or pruritus (pruritus), while the decoction of wood can be used to treat constipation.

Senna alata is locally known as Akapulko in the Philippines where it is used as both an ornamental and medicinal plant due to its laxative, purgative and anti-fungal properties. Senna is a kind of herb in legumes. Distributed in humid tropical areas. The plant is traditionally used to treat typhoid fever, diabetes, malaria, asthma, ringworm, ringworm infections, scabies, blemishes, herpes, and eczema.


#1 Senna alata as a laxative agent

The root and leaves of this plant can be natural laxative agents. Grab some roots or leaves of this plant and clean it well with running water. Let it boil in 2 cups of water for at least 15-20 minutes. Drink it twice a day. Ideally, right before breakfast and before you sleep.


They are taken internally as a remedy for constipation and to purify the blood. The leaves are decocted, with or without Tripogandra serrulata and Persea americana, as a treatment for biliousness and hypertension.


#2 Can be used to treat skin diseases

This plant contains antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory factors. They form an effective treatment for skin diseases such as blemishes, scabies, eczema, and ringworm. The leaves can be applied as tincture, poultice, powdered, and then mixed to create a DIY ointment. Apply this to the affected areas.


#3 Can fight against bacteria

Crude leaf extracts have shown antibacterial activity against a range of bacteria (such as Dermatophilus congolensis, which causes a serious skin condition in cattle), antifungal properties (such as against Pityriasis versicolor in humans), and also antitumor activity.


#4 Can be used as an anti-herpetic agent

The sap from the leaves can be used as an ointment and can be directly applied to the affected area of the skin.


#5 Can fight against hypertension, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia

Make tea from the leaves and flowers of Senna alata. Boil it until it releases its extract. Drink it at least twice a day after meal.


Senna comes from the family of beans and was originally found in tropical regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and America. It can reach a height of 30 feet in its native habitat, although 5 to 8 feet is more common in the back garden, which is about half the width. An active grower, especially in areas with high water tables, senna often reproduces naturally to form bushes. Therefore, shrubs are a good choice for borders. As a sample plant, it can also be grown in an outdoor container or pot.

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