- Senna Leaf
Senna, also known as Cassia senna or Senna alexandrina, is a perennial flowering plant native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia. The leaves and pods of the plant are used for medicinal purposes. Senna is a stimulant laxative and has traditionally been used as a mild laxative to help relieve constipation. It works by increasing contractions of the muscles in the large intestine, which helps to move stool through the bowels more quickly. Senna is also believed to have antioxidant properties and may help to protect cells from damage. Senna should be used with caution and it should not be used for more than two weeks without consulting a healthcare professional. Long-term use of Senna can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and even dependence on the laxative for bowel movements. It should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with intestinal blockage, abdominal pain, or any other digestive disorders should also avoid using it.