The health benefits of the Senna herb have been studied and recognized by generations of herbal medicine practitioners. Senna has been regarded highly for its laxative and colon cleansing effects.
Also known as senna alexandrina, the senna is a scrubby desert plant native to North Africa and Arabia.
Both the leaves and seeds of the senna plant are medicinal. Its constituents are glycosides, sennosides, anthraquinones, flavonoids, mucilage, sugars and resins. The medicinal properties may be derived through senna tea.
Senna tea is prepared by pouring hot water over ½ to 2 grams of crushed senna leaves or seeds, and then steeped for about 10 minutes.
Senna Tea’s main benefit is the relief of constipation by the stimulation of the colon. This is accomplished when senna tea inhibits the smooth muscles that retain stool and stimulates the smooth muscles that push stool.
Bowel movements usually occur 6 to 12 hours after taking senna tea.
So potent is senna that it is used as the active ingredient for such laxative products as Senokot and Fletcher’s Castoria.
Senna tea should be taken in moderate doses as liver and kidney impairment and failure may result from taking large quantities at extended periods of time. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid taking senna tea, as well as those with heart disease and anemia. Potassium loss may result from excessive use of senna tea. It is recommended that consultation with doctors and medical practitioners be made before taking senna tea and other herbal remedies.
Taking senna tea in the right amount and dosage gives relief from chronic constipation, something that our forefathers have proven time and again.