Senna is a flowering plant of the Fabaceae plant family. It is native to the tropical region, however, it includes about 350 species that are spread throughout the Globe. This plant can be found in the form of herbs, trees and shrubs. The flowers of this plant are typically yellow and the fruit is a pod containing several seeds.
Medicinal Uses of Senna Leaf
Although this plant comes in many forms, Senna Alexandrina is the subspecies that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It is a herb that can reach a maximum of 2 meters in height. The dried leaves of this herb are used in both traditional and modern medicine.
Senna is a FDA approved laxative, that you can purchase without a prescription. It is used to clear the bowels before a colonoscopy and to aid with constipation. It is also a main ingredient in Cleanse Tea.
This plant contains natural chemicals called Sennosides. These compounds have a powerful effect on the bowels, irritating the lining to cause a laxative effect. It is a great natural treatment for constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (in combination with other medicine).
Medicinal uses for which this plant has been proven efficient:
- Treating constipation;
- Encouraging bowel movements;
- Relieves symptoms of hemorrhoids;
- Cleanses the digestive tract.
Treatment using dried leaves consists of ingesting the tea made from these. The recommended and ideal dosage is two cups per day, no more that two weeks at a time.
Consuming this plant is likely safe for adults and children over the age of 2. Medics advise that this plant not be taken more that 2 weeks at a time. Side effects of ingesting this herb for more than the recommended period include stomach discomfort, diarrhea and cramps. In addition to this, the plant should not be ingested by people who suffer from dehydration, loose stools or electrolyte disturbances