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Senna leaves & senna pods.

Senna is an herb. The leaves and the fruit of the plant are used to make medicine

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Senna leaves and senna pods.​

Botanical Name

Senna alexandrina
Common Name
Senna leaves and senna pods

Introduction

Senna leaves or pods have been used as a stimulant laxative at dosages of 0.6 to 2 g/day, with a daily dose of sennoside B from 20 to 30 mg. 3, 4 A bitter tea can be made containing senna 0.5 to 2 g (0.5 to 1 teaspoon) . Senna should not be used at high doses or for extended periods of time.Senna may be standardized according to sennoside content and is available in multiple forms commercially, as well as in combination with other laxatives.Senna should not be used at high doses or for extended periods of time,3 ,4  and should not be used in children younger than 2 years without consulting a health care provider. In children younger than 12 years and in elderly patients, alternative laxatives may be more effective

Cultivation

India, China, Egypt and Sudan

ORIGIN
 Nile River, in Egypt and Sudan
VARIETIES
Yellow that tends to brown.

About

Senna is an FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) laxative. A prescription is not required to purchase senna. It is used to treat constipation and also to clear the bowel before diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy.


Senna is also used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anal or rectal surgery, tears in the lining of the anus (anal fissures), hemorrhoids, and weight loss.

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