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Senna Cassia acutiplia, Cassia angustifolia, Cassia senna
---Synonyms--- Senna, locust plant, wild senna
--Parts Used--- leaves, pods
Naphthalene glycosides; tinnevellin glycoside & 6-hydroxymusizin glycoside
Miscellaneous; mucilage, flavonoids, volatile oil, sugars, resins etc.
Purgative, anthchiiintic, antipyretic, alterative, cathartic, laxative, vermifuge, diuretic
Senna is a powerful cathartic
used in the treatment of constipation, working through a stimulation of
intestinal peristalsis. It is vital to recognize, however, that the
constipation is a result of something else and not the initial cause and
that this has to be sought and dealt with.
Indications: constipation, inflammatory skin conditions, hypertension, obesity
Senna is a strong purgative that should be taken with care and in proper dosage. It has an irritant effect upon the intestinal membrane, and may cause griping, pain or nausea, along with liquid stools or diarrhea.