Senna Leaf

Latin name: Cassia angustfolia
Chinese name: fan xie ye
Other names: Alexandrian senna, American senna, Indian senna, locust plant, true senna, wild senna

What is Senna Leaf?
Senna leaf comes from a plant that is native to India and is cultivated in India and Pakistan. It was originally used by Arabian physicians for its medicinal properties, and is used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine.

What are the health benefits of Senna Leaf?
Senna leaf is served as senna leaf tea, as a liquid extract, or as a dry extract. It is used for its ability to incite intestinal contraction and therefore acts as a laxative. It has been used as a laxative for centuries, and is used as an anti-diarrheal to treat constipation, intestinal peristalsis, and obesity. Other uses of senna leaf include use as an anti-inflammatory for treating skin conditions, for regenerating cells, treating hypertension, and for use after anorectal surgery.

Are there any precautions for taking Senna Leaf?
Senna leaf may cause griping, pain, or nausea based on irritation of the intestinal membrane.

Where can I find Senna Leaf?

Senna leaf can be found online, in herbal specialty shops, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

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