Introduction to Cassia Plants
A wide variety of ingredients are used in the formulation of different medicinal tablets. The utilization of all the ingredients is different depending on their properties.Many different plant seeds are used in the formulations of pharmaceutical tablets. It is a known fact that each an every plant has different medicinal properties. Depending on the need different part of the plant can be used.
Cassia Tora, also goes by the name Senna Tora or Semen Cassia. The seeds of Cassia Tora are of great significance in medical industry due to the presence of different properties in them.The Cassia Tora plant has been known to be used in South Asian Medicine and Traditional India for medicinal purpose.
Why To Use In Formation Of Tablets?
Years back Cassia Tora Seeds were used for medicinal in the form of herbs and till date is used as a part of medical ingredient in Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Medicines use crushed parts of Cassia Plants such as seeds, roots and leaves.
With the change in time, today the forms of intake of medicines have changed and have shifted from a crushed form into tabular form.Cassia Tora seeds along with medicinal properties contain other properties which prove to be beneficial for the pharmaceutical industries.These seeds are initially powdered or are convertedinto granular form depending on their utilization.
The cassia gum powder produced from cassia tora seedsare used as a binding agent in tablets, which is another form of cassia seeds.
Cassia Seeds as Binding Agent
Cassia seeds are a source of mucilage which can be used for the purpose of tablet formulation.Many researches have shown the presence of gluco-mannose in the seeds of cassia tora. Due to this, the evaluation of the seeds for suitability as a tablet binder has been performed.After many such researches, the conclusion came to be known about the mucilage present in Cassia Seeds, which make them suitable for tablet binding. The binding properties of mucilage obtained from cassia seeds were compared with other natural agents such as Acacia, Xanthan gum and Guar gum. And after the satisfaction of its usage, Cassia Tora Seeds are used as excellent binding agents.
Detailed Study of Cassia Seeds in Tablet Formulations
The mucilage of Cassia Seeds has been researched again and again and studied fromeach and every angle of their reactivity. Different properties such as phytochemical characteristics and physiochemical charaterisitics were also studied. Phytochemical characteristics including carbohydrates, proteins &flavanoids, also physiochemical characterisitics such as viscosity, solubility, swelling index, hydration capacity and many more such properties were studied.Researches have known to show, that the tablets formed with the cassia tora powder in powdered form had good content uniformity, hardness, disintigration time and that the drug release was as per the expectations.
All of the results obtained from different researches have supported the utilization of cassia tora seeds. This has also provided a positive response in utilization of cassia gum powder in tablet formation and also resulted in increase of utilization of Cassia Tora in medical industry.