Akapulko – Scientific name: Cassia alata L


English: Ringworm bush or shrub
Tagalog: Akapulko

Akapulko is a shrub that grows wild on many areas of the Philippines. The leaves contain chrysophanic acid. The leaves are reported to be sudorific, diuretic and purgative, being used in the same manner as senna. The leaves are commonly used for ringworm and other skin diseases. The leaves in concoction are also used to treat bronchitis and asthma.

Traditional Uses:

For fungal skin infections: Ring worm, tinea (white spots), athlete’s foot

How to Use:

As anti fungal, apply juice from the pounded leaves on affected areas of the skin. Strong decoction of leaves and flowers for cleansing eczema and other skin itch.

As an ointment: Prepared from the leaves and apply twice a day.

Precaution: apply thinly on affected skin. Improvement will be noticed after 2 to 3 weeks of treatment.

8 thoughts on “Akapulko – Scientific name: Cassia alata L

  1. Maxine Montenegro

    Good day!

    This is Maxine from GMA Network.
    I would like to ask permission to use the akapulko picture from this website for it will really help our documentary about herbal medicine in I-Witness by Jay Taruc to be aired May 17, 2010.

    Thank you very much!

  2. ariel salonga

    salamat poh dahil nagawa q ang aming ip dahil sa topic na napili ko salamat po ang laki po ang naitulong ng akapulko
    THANK YOU POH! 🙂 🙂

  3. Jun Zamudio

    salamat po sa mga info, magagamit po ito ng aming grupo dahil ang mga dahong ito ay kasali sa aming herbal oil na WHOLEZAM Herbal Essence. muli salamat po and more power po sa inyo!

  4. jhon rey esteban

    magandang hapon po!..:)
    salamat sa impormassion na ito dahil po dito marami akong nalaman at pwede ko rin po itong eh share sa iba

  5. nard

    Paano po gamitin ang akapulko sa paggamot ng kabuhi?very need pls reply…thanks in advance.

  6. Zen delizo

    Good day. May I know where I could find this plant? I am in Baguio City. We need this for our group study. Thank you in advance.

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