Information on Senna

Latin NameSenna alexandrina
Other NamesCassia obtusifolia
Part UsedLeaf, Pods
Herb FormsCapsule, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsDo not use this herb is you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have any of the following conditions: intestinal obstruction or inflammation, abdominal pain, or hemorrhoids. Do not give to children and do not use longer than eight to ten days. The herb c
Botanical InfoA small shrub in the pea family with yellow flowers native to Egypt and Sudan.
DescriptionSenna is a safe, stimulating laxative with a long history of use. It acts as a stool softener so is beneficial for hemorrhoids or anal fissures.

Senna has a taste of SWEET, BITTER and a temperature of COLD.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup before sleep
Powder1 capsule before sleep

Ailments Treated by Senna

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Constipationlaxativetea, capsule
Anal fissuresstool softenertea, capsule
Hemorrhoidsstool softenertea, capsule

References

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