Common name: Senna pod
Synonym: Senna alexandrina, C. angustifolia, C. acutifolia
Supplemental compounds: Fabaceae
Perennial shrub to 2 m with thin light green compound feathery leaves, small yellow flowers and long, flat seed pods. Originating in northeastern Africa and Middle East.
Constituents: Dianthorone glycosides, anthraquinone glycosides, flavonoids, mucin, sugars.
Indications & contra-indications
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
WHO: Short-term use for occasional constipation.