Cassia Nomame

Other Name(s):

Cassia mimosoides L. var. nomame Makino, Chamaecrista dimidiate, Chapul, Kawara Ketsumei, Nomame, Nomame Herba.


Cassia nomame is a plant from the pea family. The above-ground parts are used to make medicine.

People take Cassia nomame by mouth for weight loss, constipation, kidney swelling, to increase urine output, and as a tonic.

How does it work?

Cassia nomame prevents the stomach and intestines from absorbing dietary fat. This causes dietary fat to be excreted in feces, which might promote weight loss in some people.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Weight loss.
  • Constipation.
  • Kidney swelling.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Cassia nomame for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

It isn't known if Cassia nomame is safe or what the possible side effects might be.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Cassia nomame during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of Cassia nomame depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Cassia nomame. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Yamamoto M, Shimura S, Itoh Y, et al. Anti-obesity effects of lipase inhibitor CT-II, an extract from edible herbs, Nomame Herba, on rats fed a high-fat diet. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord 2000;24(6):758-64. View abstract.

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