Akapulko is a forest plant that likes to grow in humid places such as swamps or moist rice fields. Akapulko plants have many health benefits and we will talk about what are the health benefits of Akapulko. This plant is also known by other names such as Cassia alata, Senna alata, candle bush, empress candle plant, candelabra bush, emperor’s candlesticks, ringworm shrub, Christmas candles, and candletree.
Ringworm shrub or akapulko plants have yellow flowers mixed with orange. This plant has uses in the world of health, especially as a traditional medicine. Here are some of the health benefits of the akapulko plant or what is known as Cassia alata.
1. Akapulko removes toxins from the body
It is a plant that is diuretic and as a laxative. That is, akapulko is useful for helping the release of waste from the body.
Apart from that, this plant also promotes sweating which is one way the body flushes out toxins.
2. Akapulko is anti-fungal
Akapulko leaves contain a substance called chrysophanic acid.
Chrysophanic acid acts as a functionid that is used in treating fungal infections, scabies and other skin diseases.
This led a medicinal soap producer in the Philippines to use this plant as its raw material.
3. Benefits of akapulko for hemorrhoids
If you experience hemorrhoids, then one solution is to consume tea made from akapulko leaves.
These leaves will prevent swelling and promote faster healing.
4. Manage diabetes
One of the benefits of akapulko is as an anti-diabetic herb.
This plant is useful for describing the process of digestion of carbohydrates so that it does not cause blood sugar spikes. Carbohydrates are a source of sugar and if the process in the intestines is fast, there will be a spike in blood sugar.
This means that herbs from the senna alata plant are good for controlling blood sugar.
5. Traditional medicine for skin diseases
As we mentioned above that akapulko is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial plant. So, this is useful in treating various skin diseases.
If you experience skin problems such as eczema, scabies, insect bites, ringworm, skin itching or tinea infections, you can try using a collision of senna alata or akapulko leaves.
6. Smooth waste disposal
Consuming Akapulko herbs is useful for easy disposal of feces so that digestion is healthy.
This plant is laxative so consuming it is good for getting rid of toxins and preventing constipation.
7. Akapulko as an anti-inflammatory
For a long time this plant has been used as an anti-inflammatory.
It can be used as an herb to treat rheumatism, arthritis, gout, and bursitis as well as joint and muscle problems.
This is a plant that grows in bushes, but with many health benefits, many people are now starting to cultivate this plant as a herbal medicine.
8. Useful as anti-bacterial
The anti-bacterial properties of this plant are thanks to the presence of tannin compounds in it.
Tannins are good for fighting and preventing various microorganisms that are not good for the body.
9. Akapulko to treat fever
When you have a fever, you can try to lower your body temperature by using this herb.
Apart from using akapulko, you can also use other herbs such as mayana to treat fever and inflammation.
10. Good for Healthy lungs
Some of the symptoms of lung problems have been treated by using the herbal plant akapulko or ringworm shrub.
Apart from treating lung problems, it is also used to treat several other problems such as asthma, coughs and bronchitis.
11. Good for oral health
Problems with the mouth are something that makes it very difficult for us. Many things that are difficult for us to do, especially when eating, or when brushing our teeth, are very painful.
If one of you is experiencing oral problems such as mouth sores, toothache or sores, you can try akapulko as a remedy.
12. Good for indigestion
Bloating syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome can also be treated with akapulko herbs.
However, this is not enough evidence to explain broadly, and we still need a lot of research on this.
13. Rich in antioxidants
Every plant that is rich in antioxidants has many health benefits, including akapulko or candle bush.
The benefits of antioxidants are fighting oxidative stress in the body so that the body is protected from cell damage.
When oxidative stress can be prevented, a person will be protected from various dangerous diseases.
Precautions & Warnings
Akapulko plants are safe to use in adults. But for some people, sometimes they have to have their own attention to this plant. This is the same as the use of other herbal plants, where we also have to be careful because there may be side effects, especially if we are under a doctor’s supervision. If you are being treated by a doctor, seek his advice before using this herb.
Among the possible side effects are allergies. Sometimes there are certain components in this plant that are considered dangerous by a person’s immune system, causing an allergic reaction.
If you experience allergies such as skin rashes, inflammation or irritation, consult your doctor immediately.
Hypertension and Heart Problems
Then, for people with heart problems and high blood pressure, if you want to consume akapulko plants, you must first consult with your doctor. Usually these plants fight or reduce the effectiveness of the drugs you are taking.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Because there are no studies that validate the safety of using akapulko in pregnant and breastfeeding mom, you should be careful with this herb. We advise you to consult your doctor.