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.
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 :
Specification Grades :
10% – 20%-60%