Golden Shower Tree, Cassia Fistula, Amaltas, Kanya Pistula
It was a perfect time to take photos of the golden shower tree--after a heavy downpour, rain drops still clinging to the blossoms. This spectacular flowering tree was right in front of the Silay Cathedral, a cheerful sight on a rainy afternoon.
Golden shower tree is used in folk medicine. Leaves are used to treat ringworm and other fungal skin infections, while pulp of the ripe fruit is a laxative. Roots are given as a tonic and to reduce fever, flowers are demulcent and laxative. It is also considered as antitumor, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial, and antidiabetic.
"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease." ~ Voltaire