Common name : Senna

    Latin name : Cassia senna , C.angustifolia, , C. acutifolia

    Botanical family : Caesalpiniaceae

    Botanical description : Shrub, perennial

    Used part of the plant : leaves , follicles, seeds

    Origin : Sudan

    History and medical uses : Senna was first brought into use by the Arabian physicians Serapion and Mesue. Achiarius was the first of the Greeks to notice it and he recommends the fruit but not the leaves, where as Mesue prefers the pods to the leaves, which is less potent and does not cause griping.

    Main activity : sennoside.
    Purgative action being chiefly on the lower bowel, it is especially suitable in habitual costiveness

    Harvesting : Harvest begins in December

    Packing : pressed bales or bags



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