Senna Extract

It is a herb consumed in the form of tea obtained from the leaves of the Cassia Senna Plant. Though commonly found in tropical areas, some temperate regions have also been known to host these plants. Senna extract suppliers and Senna extract exporters in India are always on the lookout for this herb as the leaves of this plant prove to be useful in a innumerable ways.

Though not very aromatic or pleasant to taste, the numerous benefits that are obtained from this plant makes people consume it using honey to improve upon the taste. This is particularly effective in controlling constipation by improving upon digestion as well as effectively detoxifying the body from many harmful elements that are present in the system. Another unique use of the Senna tea is owing to the fact that it has been proven effectively treat hemorrhoids. However this is not backed by enough evidence to officiate it as a proper treatment against haemorrhoids. However, Senna extract manufacturers have received FDA approval for treating it as a non-prescription treatment for constipation as a remedial laxative.   



Health Benefits

It is a viable short-term option for treatment of constipation in those of all age groups. But it is highly recommended that a fixed dosage be followed to avoid consequences such as diarrhoea.

It is also assumed to have anti inflammatory as well as anti parasitic properties.


The recommended intake for adults age 12 and older is 17.2 milligrams (mg) per day. Experts caution not to exceed the consumption above 34.4 mg per day. For constipation in children, 8.5 mg per day is the standard recommended dosage. For constipation following pregnancy, 28 mg divided in 2 doses is recommended to be used.

Side Effects

Quite a number of short-term and acute side effects have been noted. Among these are the following-

  • Mild to moderate abdominal pain and associated cramps that are not long lasting.
  • Nausea and vomiting are common side-effects of this treatment.
  • Overdosage of the senna tea can lead to diarrhoea which results in dehydration that can lead to altered sensorium.

Complications associated with the Treatment:

While senna tea seems to be effective as a short-term constipation treatment, it should not be used long-term. Long-term usage has been shown to cause laxative dependence as well as liver damage due to toxicity.

Those who are suffering from diseases of the large intestine. Previously diagnosed cardiac conditions and hepatic problems such as CLD should definitely consult their treating physicians before starting themselves on alternative treatments of any sort. This product is known to interfere with treatments using blood thinners by reducing their effectiveness or proving the combination to be of a toxic nature. It should also not be used in combination with diuretic medications of any sort.

Long-term use of any form of it may cause an electrolyte disturbance that can exacerbate pre existing heart conditions, including heart disease.

It’s not recommended to drink senna tea for more than two weeks. It’s best when used on an occasional basis. If drinking this tea hasn’t helped your constipation, this is an indication of an underlying problem which could be serious and requires medical attention immediately.

Active Principle :

Sennosides BP/USP

Specification Grades :

10% – 20%-60%