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Tanner's cassia seed pods, India, 1871-1920

The seeds of Tanner’s cassia (shown on the far left) are used in several medicinal preparations for dysentery, diarrhoea, diabetes and skin complaints. The seeds are also used as an aphrodisiac. All the plant parts including the roots, bark and flowers are used in medicines. Tanner’s cassia grows in central and south India.

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Glossary: sample

Individual units, segments, or small quantities taken as evidence of the quality or character of the entire group or lot

Glossary: diabetes

This term refers to any form of metabolic disorder characterized by extreme thirst and excess urine production.

Glossary: diarrhoea

Frequent movement of the bowels, commonly in liquid form.

Glossary: dysentery

Infectious disease with symptoms including diarrhoea, bleeding, and abdominal cramps. It spreads in contaminated food and water, especially in the tropics.

Glossary: naturopathy

A complementary practice that only uses natural products for drugs as well as diet, massage and exercise.