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Quelques vertus médicinales de Cassia occidentalis L. (Césalpiniacées) en basse Cóte d’Ivoire

L. Aké Assi
Bothalia | Vol 14, No 3/4 | a1218 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v14i3/4.1218 | © 1983 L. Aké Assi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 November 1983 | Published: 06 November 1983

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L. Aké Assi, Centre Nationale de Floristique. Université, Côte d'Ivoire

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Abstract

SOME MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF CASSIA OCCIDENTALIS  L. (CAESALPINIACEAE) IN THE LOWER IVORY COAST

About 40 species of Cassia, a great number of which have been introduced, grow in different parts of intertropical Africa, in all types o f vegetation.

The 14 species in the Ivory Coast are herbs, shrubs or trees. The local pharmacopoeia uses six of these species for various therapeutic preparations.

The currently most used species is Cassia occidentalis L. commonly called Faux Kinkéliba. In the forest area of the Lower Ivory Coast, 11 medical preparations made from different parts of the plant are used. With its considerable ability to spread, this South American plant has become a pantropical one. It is found chiefly in the vicinity of villages.

C. occidentalis is used for the relief and treatment of a variety of pains and diseases, for example as a cicatrizant, abortifacient, febrifuge, diuretic, laxative or cholagogue and tonic, and in cases of asthma, cataract, jaundice and kwashiorkor.


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