Senna | Cassia Angustifolia | Benefits & Uses |
Use of Senna Leaves | Use of Senna Pods | Use of Senna Plant | Senna For Constipation
Use of Senna Leaves
Senna - A Strong Laxative | Danger of Senna
Infusion made from Senna leaves, raisins, ginger and cloves used
as purgative. Infusion of leaves taken daily from the fourth day after child birth for a few days to regularize
bowel movements. Powdered Senna Leaves mixed with vinegar and made into a plaster applied locally in certain skin
diseases. Senna Leaves with henna (Lawsonia inermis) used as a hair-dye to make the hair black.
Use of Senna Pods
Fruits mixed with suitable drugs like violets used as laxative Infusion of 6-12 pods for adults
and 3-6 pods for children and elderly prepared in cold water used as purgative.
Use of Senna Plant
Useful in constipation, loss of appetite, indigestion, liver
complaints, abdominal troubles, splenic enlargements, dyspepsia, typhoid, jaundice, anaemia, malaria, skin
diseases, leprosy, poisoning symptoms foul breath, bronchitis and tumors.
Senna For Constipation
Senna has always been specifically used for constipation. It is particularly
appropriate when a soft stool is required, for example in cases of anal fissure. Senna is a good short term
laxative but should not be taken for more than two days as this leads to weakening of the large bowel
Senna - A Strong Laxative
As a cathartic (very strong laxative), Senna can cause griping and colic, and is
therefore normally taken with aromatic, carminative herbs that relax the intestinal muscles.
Danger of Senna
Senna causes mild abdominal discomfort such as colic
cramps on use of high dose. Prolonged use results in diarrhea with excessive loss of potassium. Atone
non-functioning color may also develop. Excessive and chronic use causes-finger clubbing and development of
cachexia and reduced serum globulin concentration.
To observe the toxic nature of Senna, Ten Nubian goats were given oral doses of the fresh fruit and leaves of
Cassia Senna at 1,5, and 10gm/kg/day. Eight goats died within 30 days and two others were slaughtered in a moribund
condition on day 18 and 29. The clinical signs of diarrhea, in appetence, loss of condition, and dyspnea were well
correlated with the pathological findings. There was an increase in G.O.T., ammonia, urea, and total cholesterol
and a decrease in the serum of Cassia-poisoned goats. Blood sugar level was reduced and the increase in the values
of Hb, PCV, and RBC was due to haemo concentration.