Senna – An Herbal Medicine

Human being is the god’s best creation. Every body has some problem in their lives. Some has financial problems, some are facing family problems and some the most critical problem i.e. health problem. Constipation, indigestion, jaundice, skin problems, liver disease are few problems that human being face very frequently.

Now a day, herbal medication is on the top. Herbal plants are used for the herbal medication. Herbal plants either grow naturally or are cultivated. Besides being used in pharmacies and cosmetics, it is also used as spices or flavoring agent. SENNA is one of the herbal plants which used to treat above problems. Senna is the member of Leguminaceae family. Actually senna is the shrub which is mostly found in china, Pakistan and India. Senna is also used as a stool softener. Senna is used to treat the bowel. Senna leafs in the paste form can be applied to many skin related problems.

Senna pods and senna leafs are used for the medication. Senna leafs are WHO (world health organization) approved. Senna leafs are commonly used for constipation treatment. You can also use it to treat ringworms, acne and other skin diseases. Senna leafs get matured from the seed. Its height is around 5 to 8m. It grows like a straight woody stem with bunch of flowers. These bunch of flowers turns into the senna pods. Senna pods are used as a laxative for centuries. Cassia angustifolia is the scientific name for senna pods. Overdose of senna pods can lead to a diarrhea or stomach cramps.

Before taking senna dose let your doctor know whether
• You are pregnant.
• You are breast feeding.
• You are taking some other pills.
• You are having other health problem.

Dosage:
Don’t start taking senna without any consultant. Ask your care taker for the dosage. Dosage depends on the reason why you are taking and how powerful the medicine is.

Where to store:
Keep the medicine in cool and dark place. Avoid it from the direct sunrays. Keep it away from the reach of children. Throwaway the out dated medicine and never try to share your medicines.

Warnings:
• Consult your doctor before use of senna.
• Don’t use senna for more than 1 week.
• Don’t use if you are below 12 years.
• Don’t use if you are breast feeding or pregnant.
• Don’t use senna if you are having a problem of appendicitis.
• Don’t use senna if you had a stomach pain.
• Use of senna for long time and in excess amount can make your body prone to it.

Side effects of senna:
• Chest pain
• Skin related problems like itching or swollen skin.
• Breathing problem or tightening of chest or throat.
• Stomach cramps or pain or diarrhea.
• Reddishness around anus or itching.
• Change in the finger nail.
• Change in the color of urine like pink or yellow-brown.
If you feel any of the above symptoms then immediately stop the intake of medicine and ask your doctor.

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