Cassia fistula, also known as golden rain tree, is a plant of the Fabaceae family. The remedy is obtained from the pulp of the fruits, that are legumes with a woody pods and 30-60 cm long. The cassia fistula acts as mild laxative by promoting the intestinal peristalsis thanks to substances contained in the plant called anthraquinones. You can use cassia fistula in case of constipation and to regulate bowel movements, the remedy is indicated also for children and elderly people. According to a study published in 2016 on the scientific journal Pharmaceutical biology by a group of Indian researchers, cassia fistula has antioxidant properties and it results also to be able to lower the serum lipids, that, if in excessive quantities, can cause cardiovascular diseases, more studies will be performed in order to prove these properties. The pulp of cassia fistula can be eaten or used to prepare herbal teas. In particular, the decoction with laxative effects and able to regulate the bowel functionalities can be prepared by boiling for some minutes a cup of water and 100 g of cassia fistula, you can find it in chemist’s shops, then filter and drink. Do not exceed with the use of this plant, in fact, its laxative action is mild but it is better not to use for long periods of time, the advice is for a maximum of three of four days, or in excessive doses. Possible side effects related to excessive doses are gastrointestinal upset, cramps and electrolyte imbalance. Do not use during pregnancy and breastfeeding and, if you are taking some drugs, ask your doctor for advice because cassia can reduce their absorption.