Senna Leaf, also known as Follium Sennae, refers to the dried leaves from either Cassia acutifolia Delile or Cassia angustifolia Vahl. Leaves from Cassia acutifolia Delile are obovate or lanceolate, a bit curly and unequally oblique at the base, greyish-green, have distinctive vein, and come with weak, peculiar odor and sweet taste.
The leaves of Cassia angustifolia Vahl are ovate-lanceolate or ovate-oblong, have pointed blade tip with entire margin, and slightly asymmetrical base. It has a slightly bitter taste and has mild yet peculiar scent.
Chemical components of this herb include chrysophanol, sennoside A,B,C,D, physcion, emodin, glucoside, kaempferoL, 3-methyl-8-methoxy-2-acetyl, and 6-naphthalenediol-6-O-Î²-d.
Alternative Names for the Herb
Cassia Senna, Cassia lentiva, Casia Lanceolata, Wild Senna, Cassia, Cassia officinalis, Cassia angustifolia, Alexandrian Senna, Marilandica, Aethiopica, Senna acutifolia, Nubian Senna, Tinnevelly Senna, Egyptian Senna, East Indian Senna, or locust plant
Senna Leaf Benefits
Some of the vital functions of Senna leaves are purgating bowels and heat, easing food retention, and arresting internal bleeding. It is an effective cure for indigestion, bloating, gastroduodenal ulcer, edema and habitual constipation.
More commonly used for its laxative properties, Senna has anthraquinone derivatives or glycosides that work by irritating the colon, stimulating peristalsis and subsequent evacuation of stools. Senna may also help enhance stool volume by smoothing the muscles and preventing water and electrolyte re-absorption.
Because it is a powerful laxative, Senna leaf has lapactic effect, which is one of the reasons why it is used in colon cleansing and detoxification. It also cures constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, and hemorrhoids. Its purgative actions can promote weight loss by excreting fats and toxins through the digestive system.
Senna leaf is known as a mild cathartic, which is useful for women who just gave birth; this can help ease their discomfort and accelerate defecation.
The herb also has anti-inflammatory properties that are useful in alleviating symptoms of hemorrhoids or obstruction in the rectum that can make defecation a painful experience.
The Anthraquinone found in Senna leaves inhibits bacteria such as Staphyloccus aureus, E. coli, and skin fungi.
More clinical studies are needed to verify the anti-parasitic effect of Senna leaves, but studies involving rats show that Senna leaf extract is effective in reducing parasite levels and in improving symptoms of anemia and organ damage.
Senna leaf is the herb that cleanses, detoxifies and heals the body for overall health and vitality. A daily dose is all that you need to get the desired relief.