Senna, Cassia angustifolia
Parts used: Leaves and fruit pods.
Constituents: Anthraquinone, Glycosides, Napthalene glycosides, Flavonoids, Mucilage, Pinitol, Sugars.
Actions: Purgative, Laxative.
Long-standing constipation, Lazy bowel - loss of muscle tone +lots of water and magnesium to relax GI muscles.
Amenorrhoea, acute pancreatitis, cholecystitis.
Herbal extract: 10-30mL per week.
Energetics: Bitter, hot with secondary cooling effect, dry.
Meridian: Small intestine.
Contraindications: Intestinal obstructions, inflammatory bowel disease, appendicitis, pregnancy, lactation, abdominal pain or unknown origin.
*** Always give with a carminative, can cause griping, use short term only as it can cause dependency -up to 10 days only.