Senna Uses and Cautions

Senna is one of the most widely known and misused herbs on the market. Also known as Cassia, Senna alexandria is a very efficient and strong laxative used in many cultures for hundreds of years for occasional bouts of constipation. The seed pods are use medicinally as a tea for Irritable Bowel or applied externally to hemorrhoids (shrinks tissue) or other weeping skin eruptions. The leaves as far too strong and are not approved for use by the FDA and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) warns against long-term use of senna leaf.

My concern with the over use of Senna lies in the rush to loose weight too quickly which pushes some people to misuse laxatives as a dieting tool. Laxatives should be taken for Continue reading