Cassia senna - Senna pod
Cassia senna

Indications & contra-indications

  • Laxative
  • Constipation
Nutrient reference value:
No observed adverse effect level (NOAEL):
Suggested optimal nutritional allowance:
Dietary reference intake:
BHP indications: Constipation, conditions in which easy defecation is desirable (anal fissure, haemorrhoids).
Commission E indications: Constipation
Contraindications: Not recommended during lactation or for children under 10 years. Nausea and vomiting, intestinal obstruction and stenosis, atony, irritation of the bowel, inflammatory colon diseases, appendicitis, abdominal pain of unknown origin, severe dehydration states with water and electrolyte depletion, or chronic constipation.
Cautions: Should not be used for more than 1-2 weeks. Excessive or chronic use or abuse may cause electrolyte imbalance including potassium deficiency, albuminuria and hematuria. Adverse effects include diarrhoea, fluid loss, colic, and possible hepatic reactions.


Dosage (dry herb): 0.7-3 g per day
Dosage (liquid extract): 10-40 mL per week
Dosage (powdered extract):
Qualities: Dry 1st degree, hot 2nd degree.

More info & references

More information:
WHO: Short-term use for occasional constipation.