Senna

Senna

Senna is a leguminous shrub that can grow to a height of 2 metres. It grows in a climate ranging from hot to tropical. The plant has pinnate leaves consisting of 4 to 6 pairs of lance-shaped leaves. It is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens, thanks to its clusters of pretty yellow flowers. The fragrance of the flowers particularly attracts butterflies and other insects. The flowers later transform into flat, brown pods.

Latin name

Cassia angustifolia Vahl

Origin

Senna originates in Arabia and India.

Used part

The leaves and the pods.

Active components

Anthraquinones (sennosides): substances that, through contact, stimulate the peristalsis of the intestines and reduce the absorption of water through the intestinal wall. This makes the stools softer and facilitates intestinal transit.

Usage

The use of senna dates back to the 9th century. In this period, it was used to treat various ailments, including hepatic conditions. From the start, this plant has been used to treat constipation. It is currently used as a natural way to promote intestinal transit and therefore to regulate the stools. 1-3 As long as the dosage is respected, senna is safe to use. 4-8

Bibliographical references

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