Cassia angustifolia or Cassia senna
Composition of Senna
Senna is a yellow-flowered plant that typically grows in India and China. An aqueous extract of the leaves has been found to contain a good amount of calcium salts.
Health Benefits of Senna
Known primarily for its purgative properties, senna works as a natural laxative.
Senna leaf is a natural anti-inflammatory substance. While this has general health benefits, it also makes senna useful in relieving some symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.
It’s a great Colon cleanser as well as a treatment for Intestinal Worms.
It is great for weight loss and has antibacterial properties.
History of Senna
Senna’s common name comes from the Hebrew ketziah or kiddah (cassia), which means “peeled back”, possibly referring to senna’s easily peeled bark.
Senna is the most widely used anthranoid drug today and has been used for centuries in Western and Eastern medicine as a laxative.
Its medical use was first described in the writings of Arabian physicians Serapion and Mesue as early as the 9th century A.D. The name senna itself is Arabian.