The senna plant has been used traditionally as a laxative. The name comes from the Arabic word for “thorny bush,” which is “sena.” The ancient Egyptians were only one of many civilizations to benefit from Senna; they utilized it as a cure for constipation. Ancient Greek medicine also employed it for the treatment of skin conditions and snakebites. Senna was utilized to treat stomach and bowel problems in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
Senna’s anthraquinones are the active molecules that help the body eliminate waste by contracting the intestines. Due to its laxative effects, senna is frequently included in over-the-counter medicines for the treatment of constipation. Senna’s anti-inflammatory, weight loss, and blood sugar-regulating properties have also been investigated.
If you have a sensitive stomach, you may find that senna pods are a better option than senna leaves. This is because the medicinal components in senna pods are released more gradually than in senna leaves, reducing the likelihood of cramping, diarrhoea, and other adverse effects. On the other hand, senna pods may take longer to work and may be less effective than senna leaves in stimulating bowel activity (up to 24 hours in some cases).
Senna may also be helpful for treating skin diseases including acne and dermatitis, as well as enhancing liver function.
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