Senna Leaves Dried ( Cassia angustifolia ) - 100 g - Herbal Collection
Senna Leaves Dried (Cassia angustifolia) - 100 g - Herbal Collection
May help with
- strong laxative
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International Latin denomination
- Cassia senna L. = Cassia acutifolia (Delile) Batka = Senna alexandrina Mill.
- Cassia angustifolia (Vahl.) Batka = Senna (homeopathic name)
Fabaceae subfamily Caesalpinioideae
Description and habitat
- Native to tropical Africa
- Subshrub or shrub about 1 to 1.5 m high, with compound leaves formed by an even number of leaflets
- Numerous yellow flowers of about 3 cm
- The fruit is a flattened pod (follicles), reniform, leathery, green-brown in color, open in two valves releasing few seeds (5 to 10)
History and tradition
- A plant used by Arab doctors from the 9th century, Indian senna was originally from the pre-desert regions of Arabia.
- Alexandria was the historical export port of Alexandria Senna
- Fruit pulp (pod)
Dosage forms available
- 2 to 6 cloves in cold maceration, infusion or decoction
Main components of the plant
- Hétérosides dianthroniques (dianthrones > 3 %) : sennosides A, B, C, D, E, F, et anthraquinones : rhéine, émodine
- Mucilage (2 to 3%)
- Flavonoids : derivatives of kaempferol
- Naphthalene glycosides: glucosides of tinnevelline , or 6-hydroxymusizine
Main components of buds or young shoots
Main components of essential oil
- Strong laxative, stimulant laxative
- Can cause colic
- It is associated with aromatic and antispasmodic plants that evacuate gases and relax the intestinal muscles
- Sennosides are dimers (obtained by drying and infusion at 40°) of hydroxyanthracene derivatives
Properties of essential oil
Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)
- Occasional constipation
- Anal fissures (when stools need to be softened)
- No more than 10 days of treatment so as not to weaken the muscles of the colon
Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)
Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)
Known or suspected mode of action
- Sennosides reach the colon through their sugars, activity after contact with the intestinal flora which reduces anthraquinones to anthrones, which stimulate motricity by a direct action, reduce the absorption of sodium, increase the secretion of potassium, and the passage of water in the intestinal lumen
- By causing contractions that lead to the emission of a stool 10 to 12 hours after ingestion
- Sennosides and mucilages also retain water in the colon, helping to soften stools
- The mucilages dissolve more or less and swell on contact with water to form gels or colloidal solutions
Possible side effects and precautions for use
- Not in pregnant women
- Not in case of chronic constipation
Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.
Do not exceed the daily dose.
This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.
If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.
This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
This product has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.