Cassia absus – Chasku seeds –

Cassia absus


Cassia absus – Chasku seeds :-    

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Chaksine is found to be antibacterial. It stimulates contraction of plain muscles like uterus, intestine, bladder and muscles in the blood vessels. Chaksine has ganglion blocking property.

Dosage– Seed powder 3-6 gm
The kashaya (decoction) can be taken in a dose of 15-20ml thrice a day after food, whereas the powder can be taken in a dose of 3-5 gm thrice a day.



Uses of Cassia absus:

  • Cassia absus is used externally as a paste or collyrium in eye diseases like netra abishyanda (conjunctivitis), potaki (trachoma), netrasrava (Chronic dacryocystitis).
  • Externally used as paste for wound healing, skin diseases like Dadru (ringworm)
  • Used internally in the form of kashaya (decoction) to treat diseases like Grahani ( irritable bowel syndrome), raktatisara ( diarrhea with blood)
  • Used internally in powder form to treat ashmari (renal stones), mootrakrichha (difficulty in micturition).
  • Used internally in the form of kashaya to stop internal bleeding.
  • Used internally in the form of kashaya to treat sthavara and jangama visha (poison of plant and animal origin).
  • Chaksu seeds or its soaked seed powder, in a dose of 1 – 2 grams is administered for the treatment of hypertension.

Ayurvedic formulation containing Chakshushya:  This drug is not known to be used by any of the ayurvedic manufacturers in any formulations.

Jasmezaaj Health Benefits – Medicinal Properties of Chaksu Seeds

  • These seeds are highly effective in treating common cough.
  • You can get rid of ring worms by mixing Jasmezaaj seed paste in oil and applying it directly over the affected area.
  • The same oil can be used for curing many skin diseases.
  • It is an effective home remedy for treating urinary bladder problems.
  • Suffering from purulent conjunctivitis? Use Chakus seeds to cure it fast.
  • Treating wounds and sores with Chaksu seeds is very common in various part of India.
  • Diuretic formulations are prepared by using this wonderful herbal plant seeds.
  • Eye lotions are prepared using Chaksu seeds.
  • It is an effective herbal treatment for eye ailments such as trachoma, ulcers, cataract and polyps.
  • Pus formation and watering of eyes and many other eye infections are treated with Chaksu seed based medicines.

Chaksu Synonyms :-

There are various other popular names of Chaksu in different parts of India. Lets take a look at some of it its synonyms

  • In Hindi Speaking Areas, it is known as Chaaksu.
  • In English, it is known as Chaksu seeds and Jasmejaaz.
  • It is called Chaksu in Sanskrit as well and also as Chakushya. In fact, the Hindi name has been derived from the original Sanskrit word.
  • In Tamil, it is popularly known as “Karun kanami”.
  • In Telugu, they are known as Chanupala vittulu.
  • In Bengali, it is called Chaakut.
  • Gujrati people call it Chimeru.
  • In most part of Kerala and the surrounding Malayalam speaking areas, it is known as Karinkolla.

No matter what  you prefer to call these seeds, you’ll be immensely benefited by the herbal properties of this plant, its seeds and of course medicines prepared with it. However, make sure that you get real Chaksu seeds from reliable shops and use them as per the recommendations.

Read below for detailed knowledge :-


Classical categorization:
Dhanvantari nighantu – Chandanadi Varga
Raja Nighantu – Parpatadi Varga

Botanical Name- Cassia absus Linn.
Family- Caesalpiniaceae

Cassia absus – Names in different languages:
English name – Jasmeejaz, Chaksu seeds 
Hindi name-Chakanu
Telugu name- Chanubala Vittulu
Tamil name- Karum
Marathi name- Chinola
Unani- Chaakshu
Gujarathi name – Chimed

Sanskrit Synonyms of Chaksu seeds
Kulutthika, Kulali, Vanya Kuluttha, Aranya Kulatthika
The synonyms indicate about the morphology of the plant along with its habitat i.e. it resembles the wild variety of kuluttha plant and is available in the forests.

The plant is a small herb growing up to 50 cm bearing reddish yellow flowers. It is seen throughout India from the Himalayas to temperate parts. The seeds are black in color.

Medicinal Properties of Cassia absus plant and seeds:
Rasa (Taste) – Tikta – bitter, Kashaya – astringent
Veerya (Potency) – Sheeta – Coolant
Guna (Qualities) – Laghu – light to digest, Rooksha – Dry in nature
Vipaka- Katu – After digestion it undergoes into pungent taste
Prabhava (Special effects) – Chakshushya (good for improving the eye sight)
Effect on Tridosha-

As the herb is predominant of Kashaya and Tikta rasa, it is Kapha Pitta shamaka (reduces the vitiated Kapha and Pitta)

Part used- Cassia absus seeds

Major chemical Constituents
Leaves- Quercetin, Rutin
Root- Chaksine & Isochaksine
Seed- Beta Sitosterol, Hydnocarpin, Apigenin, Raffinose