Botanical Name: Senna alexandrina
Common Names: American senna, locust plant, wild senna
TRADITIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF SENNA
Mental picture and specific indications: Senna is used for constipation with lack of muscular action, flatulence, colic and enlarged, tender liver.
Use: (a) Laxative, (b) Cholagogue.
The type of constipation Senna is indicated for, is atonic or flaccid constipation where there is a lack of bowel tone that results in decreased bowel movements. This is often seen after abdominal surgeries, use of opioids, habitual laxative abuse, and in the elderly.
Always take senna with a full (8 oz.) glass of water to protect against fluid loss. Senna can be habit forming, and is for short term or occasional use only. Because senna increases intestinal transit time, it could speed the elimination of pharmaceutical drugs from the body, thus lessening their effects.
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