Cassia Grandis, Carao fruit Common Name: Carao, Stinking toe by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
April 1 2015

Range of Cassia Grandis trees
Carao trees range from southern Mexico, to Surinam and Brazil. In Belize, Cassia Grandis trees are locally known as Stinking Toe, or Bukut.

Cassia grandis and anemia
The population of the eastern zone of Cuba refers to the beneficial effects of the traditional use of Cassia grandis L. in anemia by using dry powder obtained from the fruit as a nutritional supplement.

Diabetes and blood sugar
J Adv Pharm Technol Res. 2010. Assessment of the antidiabetic potential of Cassia grandis using an in vivo model. Results showed that the Cassia grandis possessed significant activity against diabetes.

Composition of cassia grandis
aloe emodin, centaureidin, catechin, myristicin, dihydroxybenzaldehyde, rimethoxybenzaldehyde, 2,4,6-trimethoxybenzaldehyde, and beta-sitosterol.

Questions
Q.  Have you heard anything about carao fruit extract for anemia and general vigor? I have low hemoglobin and RBC from chemotherapy and radiation of the lumbar spine for NH lymphoma. My oncologist does not recommend iron supplements or Procrit at this time.
   A. I have not seen human studies regarding the use of carao fruit cassia grandis for the treatment of anemia.