This is a safe, effective purgative. A strong dose causes contractions in the uterus and bladder, and in pregnant women may cause uterine hemorrages. It is still used to help support problems caused by worms and chronic skin problems. Combined with bitter tonics, it is very effective for dyspepsia. It can be used as a derivative in some brain diseases. Before use, it must be washed in alcohol which dissolves the nauseous principles. It is prescribed in macerations and infusions, made in a non-metal repicient. It is included in many preparations.
Both the bitter and slightly sweet-tasting leaves and pods of senna are used in herbal health to principally affect the colon with a laxative or purgative action. The biochemical consituents of senna include anthraquinones, flavones, tartaric acid, mucin, salts, essential oil, traces of tannin and resin.
Senna can be useful for the occasional problem of acute constipation. The leaves are considered to have a stronger laxative effect than the pods To prevent griping pains in the intestines it is best when combined with a smaller amount of a warming stimulant and antispasmodic such as ginger or some other suitable herb. Too frequent usage can lead to laxative dependency. As with most purgatives, it is generally not used during pregnancy because of its strong downward energy that seldom will, but possibly could, cause miscarriage.
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Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily, with meals.
Long term use of Senna as a laxative may lead to dependency.
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