February 2 2017
This is tree that grows in India and Malaysia. It has pale yellow flowers. Amaltas is known by the botanical name cassia fistula. It is also known as the golden chain tree.
As of 2017, we are not aware of human studies with amaltas herbal supplements as a treatment for medical conditions.
Amaltas herb influence on blood vessels
Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 2008. Protective effect of different parts of Cassia fistula amaltas on human umbilical vein endothelial cells against glycated protein-induced toxicity in vitro.. Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The protective effect of methanol extracts of amaltas flowers, leaves and bark was examined in vitro in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) against toxicity induced by glycated protein (GFBS) in vitro. A protective effect of amaltas extracts on HUVEC against GFBS-induced toxicity suggested a potential beneficial effect of the extract in preventing diabetic angiopathies.
Diabetes, blood sugar
Acta Pol Pharm. 2013. Effect of Tamarindus indica and Cassia fistula stem bark extracts on oxidative stress and diabetic conditions. Tamarindus indica and Cassia fistula are traditionally important medicinal plants. Stem barks of these plants have not been much explored for their potential hypoglycemic and oxidative stress conditions. The main aim of present study was to evaluate antidiabetic activity along with renal complications and antioxidant potential of alcoholic extracts of stem barks of these plants. Alcoholic extracts of stem barks of Tamarindus indica and Cassia fistula were evaluated for anti-hyperglycemic effect in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Biochemical parameters including blood glucose, serum cholesterol, triglycerides, serum albumin, total protein and creatinine were studied. Antioxidant potential in DPPH, nitric oxide and hydroxyl radical induced in vitro assay methods were evaluated. Acute toxicity studies were carried out to establish the safety of the drugs according to OECD guidelines. There was a significant decrease in blood glucose level in diabetic rats treated with the alcoholic extracts of both plants. Serum cholesterol, serum triglyceride, serum creatinine, serum albumin, total proteins and body weight were recovered to normal levels at the end of the studies. Alcoholic extract of stem bark of both plants showed significant antioxidant activity in DPPH, nitric oxide and hydroxyl radical induced in vitro assay methods. Acute toxicity studies with the extracts of both plants showed no signs of toxicity up to a dose level of 2000 mg/p.o. It can be concluded from the study that Tamarindus indica and Cassia fistula stem barks possess blood glucose lowering effect along with antioxidant effect and protective effect on renal complications associated with hyperglycemia.