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Cassia is often confused in cinnamon, and can be referred to as Chinese cinnamon. It is often combined with Senna when medicinally administered. The only treatment that includes Cassia in the Compendium is a confection of Cassia used to treat piles.

British Pharmacopoeia 1867

Cassia Pulp Cassiae Pulpa

“The pulp obtained from the pods of the Purging Cassia, Cassia Fistula… Imported from the East Indies; or recently extracted from pods imported from the East of West Indies.”[1]


“Blackishbrown, viscid, sweet in taste, and somewhat sickly in odour; usually containing the seeds and disspiments.”[2] Used in preparation of:

  • Confection Sennae

Alexandrian Sena Senna Alexandrina

“The leaflets of Cassia lanceolate…; and Cassia obovata… Imported from Alexandria; carefully freed from the flowers, pods, and leafstalks of the same, and from the leaves, flowers, and fruit of Solenostemma Argel.” [3]


“Lanceolate or obovate leaflets, about an inch long, unequally oblique at the base, brittle, greyish-green, of a faint peculiar odour, and mucilaginous sweetish taste. The unequally oblique base, and freedom from bitterness, distinguish the Senna from the Argel leaves, which moreover are thicker and stiffer.”[4] Used in the preparation of:

  • Confectio Sennae
  • Infusum Sennae
  • Mistura Sennae composita
  • Syrupus Sennae
  • Tinctura Sennae

Tinnivelly Senna Senna Indica

“The leaflets of Cassia elongate… From plants cultivated in Southern India.” [5]


“About two inches long, lanceolate, acute, unequally oblique at the base, flexible, entire, green, without any admixture; colour and taste those of Alexandrian Senna.”[6] Can be used as a replacement for all preparations that contain Alexandrian Senna.

Preparations of Cassia Pulp

Confection of Senna / Confectio Sennae [7]

  • Senna, in fine powder, coriander fruit, in fine powder (3 oz), figs (12 oz), tamarind (9 oz), cassia pulp (9 oz), prunes (6 oz), extract of liquorice (3/4 oz), refined sugar (30 oz), and distilled water
  • dose: 60-120 grains

A Compendium of Domestic Medicine, 1865

Only entry in compendium comes under treatment for Piles [8] Cassia is often considered to be cinnamon in North America, and can also be combined with senna, as is the case with cassia/senna tea.

Diseases Treated with Cassia

  • Piles, or Haemorrhoids: confection of cassia included in treatment that is to be taken once in the morning and once at night [9]


  1. General Medical Council of Great Britain, British Pharmacopeia, (London: Spottiswoode & Co.,1867), 73
  2. GMCGB, 73
  3. GMCGB, 281
  4. GMCGB, 281
  5. GMCGB, 281
  6. GMCGB, 282
  7. GMCGB, 89
  8. Savory, John. A Compendium of Domestic Medicine (London: John Churchill and Sons, 1865), 248.
  9. Savory, 248