Recognized for its laxative therapeutic properties, Senna is recommended for occasional cases of intestinal constipation.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Pregnancy, lactation, children, patients with intestinal disorders, appendicitis, abdominal pains, chronic constipation, uterine inflammation disorders and periods of menstruation, cystitis, insufficiency of the liver, kidneys or heart, states of severe dehydration, nausea, vomits or when any non-diagnosed acute or chronic symptom is present. WARNINGS: The chronic use of Senna can cause diarrhea which may lead to functional heart disorders and muscle weakness. The abuse of Senna can result in intestinal malabsorption, weight loss, disorders characterized by continuous muscle contractions together with tremors, tingling, burning and pain. Continuous use of laxatives can cause dependence, sluggishness or inhibition of intestinal movement, with potential need to increase the dose. In elderly patients, may occur exacerbation of weakness. Rectal bleeding or failure of bowel movements, due to prolonged use, may indicate serious conditions. Chronic use or abuse of the herbal involved for a period longer than 9-12 months can increase the risk of colorectal cancer development. M.S.: 1.1860.0087
SENE HERBARIUM IS A MEDICATION. ITS USE MAY PRESENT RISKS. CONSULT A DOCTOR AND A PHARMACIST. READ THE PACKAGE INSERT.
Cassia angustifolia was introduced into phytotherapy by Arab doctors in the 9th Century. It is one of the most highly regarded medicines as a purgative as does not provoke secondary inflammations which are common when using drastic purgatives. Its leaflets have a weak, but characteristic scent and a somewhat mucilaginous and bitter taste.1 Senna is originally from India and Somalia and is typically found in tropical regions. It grows spontaneously and best in mountainous areas, and to a lesser extend in areas close to big rivers.1
References: 1 - Introdução à fitoterapia: utilizando adequadamente as plantas medicinais. Colombo: Herbarium Lab. Bot. Ltda, 2008.