Cassia senna, also known as Alexandrian Senna is part of the Leguminosae plant family. Senna is a shrub native
to Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria and Nubia in North Africa, as well as India and China.
Botanical Name: Cassia spp., Cassia senna, Cassia acutifola, Cassia angustifolia
Plant Family: Leguminosae
Common Names: Alexandrian Senna, Cassia lenitiva, Cassia lanceolata, Cassia officinalis, East Indian Senna, Nubian Senna, Tinnevelly Senna
History: Senna is an Arabian name and the herb was first brought into use by the Arabian physicians Serapion and Mesue
Tradition: Senna was
Medicinal Parts Used: Dried leaflets, pods
Senna is used for:
Senna works by irritating the lining of the upper intestines which provokes reflex muscular activity in the colon resulting in a bowel motion (due to the chemical anthraquinone)
Caution: It can cause nausea and griping pains when used alone but the effects of this can be counterbalanced by using Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Fennel, Ginger, or any other aromatic herb with it. The pods have less griping effect than the leaflets.
Do not use in cases of:
Global Herbal Supplies has Senna available in the following forms:
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