Senna leaves

COMMON NAME: Senna


OTHER NAME: Indian senna, Tinnevelly senna, Swarnapatri, Sanay.


BOTANICAL NAME: Cassia angustifolia Vahl


PLANT FAMILY: Caesalpiniaceae


SYNONYMS: Cassia senna Linn.


OVERVIEW: Senna has been traditionally used as laxative by civilizations across the world. Leaflets are the primary parts used for medicinal purposes.



INTRODUCTION: Senna is a smallish, stubby shrub with an erect, smooth, pale green stem and long, spreading branches, bearing lanceolate leaflets and small yellow flowers; the dried leaves, pods and stem are used medicinally. Almost everyone will have taken a preparation containing senna at some time in their lives. Senna is probably one of the best known herbal medicines, not least because it is still widely used in every system of medicines. It has a slightly bitter, nauseating taste, and is therefore generally mixed with other herbs.


PHYTOCONSTITUENTS: Senna contains hydroxyanthracene glycosides, the most plentiful of which are sennosides A and B. There are also small amounts of aloe-emodin and rhein 8-glucosides, mucilage, flavonoids and naphthalene precursors.


PARTS USED: Dried Leaflets.


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