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Do You Know That Cassia Has Side Effects?
Aug 21, 2018

Cassia seed contains chemicals like chrysophanol, obtusin, aurantio-obtusin, etc., which do benefit our body, but can also cause health ailments like obesity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and psoriasis. It can also contract the uterus, hence, should be avoided by young or pregnant women.  Since, this seed can lower a person's blood pressure, it is not recommended for people who are currently using blood pressure medications. In fact, it should also be avoided by patients who have Qi deficiency along with loose bowel movements.

It can be used to brew tea alone or combined with goji berries and chrysanthemum. But it is important to note that just like rhubarb it contains anthraquinones, which are likely to cause intestinal melanosis if used in long-term large doses.

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Besides, not all are suitable for the pillow made of cassia tora seeds since it may cause bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and other symptoms in some individuals. In this case, do not continue to use it any more or, worse still, it may result in irregular menstruation in a long run. After all, this is a purge that is bound to damage the ability of body’s resistance against disease in long-term usage, according to the TCM theory.

Although the health benefits far exceed its side effects, excess of anything is harmful. Hence, to overcome the side effects and get the maximum benefits, it should only be taken under a doctor's supervision. However, its recommended dosage varies as per the size of the patient and health ailment, and usually ranges from six (.21 oz) to twelve grams (.42 oz).