UPC: 076280015706 Total Weight: 0.6 lbs (0.27 kg)
Package Format: 100 Caps
Senna is a shrub that grows in India, Pakistan, and China. The leaves and pods are used for medicine purposes. People in Northern Africa used it for centuries to treat constipation.
Warnings: Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools, abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction, or hemorrhoids.
Notes: The Cassia plant family has 300 - 600 species of trees, shrubs, vines and herbs with numerous species growing in the South American rainforests and tropics. Many species have been used medicinally and these tropical plants have a rich history in natural medicine. Various Cassia plants have been known since the 9th or 10th century as purgatives and laxatives including Cassia angustifolia and Cassia senna which is known as Senna. Fedegoso or Cassia occidentalis, is a small tree growing 5 to 8 meters in height which is found in many tropical areas of South America including the Amazon. Indigenous to Brazil, it is also found in warmer climates and tropical areas of South, Central and North America. 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.
Senna is a powerful cathartic used in the treatment of constipation, working through a stimulation of intestinal peristalsis. It is vital to recognize, however, that the constipation is a result of something else and not the initial cause and that this has to be sought and dealt with. Senna is mainly for severe constipation, the constipation following a fever or for clearing Pitta from the small intestines. However, it cannot be used where there is inflammation in the G.I. Tract itself because of irritation. Senna is a strong purgative that should be taken with care and in proper dosage. It has an irritant effect upon the intestinal membrane, and may cause griping, pain or nausea, along with liquid stools or diarrhea. It can be corrected by adding 1/4 amount of stomachic herbs, like ginger or fennel seeds, with its dosage.
Recommended Use: As a dietary supplement, take 2 or 3 capsules a day with meals or a glass of water.
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