Kasmard / Kasondi

Botanical Name

Senna occidentalis (L.) Link




Cassia occidentalis L., Cassia occidentalis (L.) Rose, Cassia obliquifolia Schrank, Cassia macradenia Collad., Cassia foetida Pers., Cassia falcata L., Cassia ciliata Raf., Cassia  caroliniana Walter, Cassia planisiliqua L., Cassia planisiliqua Burm. f., Ditramexa  occidentalis  Britton & Rose, Ditremexa occidentalis (L.) Britton & Wilson.

Regional Name

English: , Coffee Senna, Septicweed, Hindi : Barikasaumdi, Barikasondi, Chakunda, Kasaumdi, Kasonda, Kasondi, Sanskrit : Arimarda, Dipana, Jarana, Kalankata, Kasaghna, Kasamara, Kasamarda, Kannada : Dodda Thagachi, Doddatagace, Doddatagache, Malayalam: Karintakara, Mattantakara, Narrantakara, Natatagara, Marathi : Kasivda, Kasoda, Tamil : Kattuccena, Kattuttakarai, Narattantakarai, Narrantakarai, Telugu : Kasinda, Kasindha, Kasinta, Kasintha,

Part Used

Seed & Whole Plant.


It is globally distributed in the Pantropics. Within India, it is found throughout as a weed in waste places and near dwellings growing up to an altitude of 1500 m. in northern India. It is an unarmed slender upright and short-lived (annual or biennial) shrub, 0.5-2.5 m tall, distinguished by foetid odour. Its once-compound leaves consist of 3-7 pairs of leaflets (2-10 cm long and 2-3 cm wide) that have pointed tips. A mounded gland at base of leaf stalk, no  glands between leaflets. There is a conspicuous dark-colored gland near the base of the stalk of each leaf.


Its Pericarp contains : C-flavonosides of apigenin; Flowers: emodin,physcion and its Beta-glucopyranoside; Seeds: chrysolein, linoleic, linolenic and oleic acids, campesterol, 8-carbomethoxy-1, 7-dihydroxy-3-methylxanthone (cassiollin-pinselin), helminthosporin, islandicin, xanthorin, N-methyl morpholine, tannic acid and toxalbumin, Leaves: aloe-emodin, bianthraquinone, chrysophanol, dianthronic heterosides, rhein and potassium chelidonate; Roots: chrysophenol, emodin, physcion, 1,7-dihydroxy-5-methoxycarbony-1-3-methylxanthone and Beta-sitosterol.

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa : Tikta-bitter, Madhura-sweet, Guna : Laghu-light to digest, Ruksha-Dryness, Vipaka :  Katu, Virya :  Ushna, Tikasna, Prabhava, Vrushya.

Ayurvedic Applications

Jwara, Kushta, Arsha, Raktadosha-blood impurity such as acne, skin diseases, bleeding disorders, Sotha, Kasa.

Medicinal Uses

It is used in the treatment of a whooping cough, colds, eczema, dyspepsia, throat inflammation, asthma, bronchitis, fever, convulsion, flu and against poisonous snake bites. Seeds and leaves are applied externally in skin diseases and treating piles. It is also useful in treating filariasis, haemorrhoids, gout, laxative, rheumatism, diabetes, rheumatism, hypertension, dropsy, biliousness and ringworm.

Amlycure D.S vet syrup (Poultry)
Amlycure D.S vet syrup

Information on this website is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professionals. This website is meant for use by Indian residents only.