Senna is a herb that is generally used for its laxative properties. Senna is also known as cassia senna, wild senna, cassia marilandica, or locust plant. Senna contains active glycoside compounds, with stimulating effect on the bowel.
Both leaves and pods of the senna plant are used for their laxative effects, but the pods are less potelent than the leaves. For best laxative results, Senna tea must be drunk cold. Constipation relief is usually achieved within a few hours after drinking the tea. To prevent excessive cramping, mix the herb with equal amount of Cinnamon tea before adding the water. Caution: Senna shoud be used occasionally and not on regular basis.
Contraindications: Senna is not generally recommended in pregnancy. Senna is contraindicated in patients with intestinal obstruction, ulcerative colitis, appendicitis, and Crohn disease. Senna is not recommended for children younger than 2 years of age.