Herb of the Week: Senna

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Herb of the Week: Senna
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 2:21pm

Senna is found in leading laxative preparations.
Also indexed as:

* Cassia angustifolia,
* Cassia senna,
* senna,
* senna extract,
* sennosides

Alternative Treatments
Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies)

People in northern Africa and southwestern Asia have used senna as a laxative for centuries. It was considered a "cleansing" herb because of its cathartic effect. In addition, the leaves were sometimes made into a paste and applied to various skin diseases. Ringworm and acne were both treated in this way.
It may cause dependency if used regularly for constipation. It shouldn't be used w/digoxin. Children shouldn't use it under age 10. Pregnant & nursing moms should consult their physician. Read more about it: http://www.ivillage.com/senna-1/4-y-94147




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