Senna leaf powder, also known by its Latin name Senna Alexandrina, is an FDA-approved non-prescription herb commonly used to treat constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Senna has been used since as far back as 800 A.D. in various Arabic cultures. Senna contains sennosides, which interact with bacteria in the digestive system to help stimulate colonic muscle movement. The leaves are the most potent part of the Senna plant, and our Senna powder consists of leaves milled into a powder and steam sterilized. Senna is intended as a short-term digestive aid so that the body does not begin to rely upon it.
Senna Leaf Powder is a convenient way to incorporate Senna into your diet being that the leaves themselves do not have a particularly great taste, and powders can be easily mixed (and rationed) with teas and other drinks. Start with a small dose of 1 gram and do not exceed about 3 grams a day, particularly if you aren't familiar with how your body reacts to Senna. Most people find that mixing our Senna leaf powder with their favorite tea is more enjoyable than making a tea out of pure Senna tea bags which can be found in stores.
When used properly, side effects are usually limited to cramping or diarrhea. Discontinue use and contact your doctor if you develop any signs of allergic reaction. Do not use for more than 10 days consecutively, or if you are pregnant or nursing. Avoid taking higher than recommended daily doses as complications may occur. Anyone suffering from an intestinal blockage, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, or ulcers should not use Senna. Also, individuals on heart medication of any kind should consult with their doctor before taking Senna.
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