Senna is an herb and plant of the flowering plant genus of family Fabaceae. Senna is native mostly to tropical regions but a few can be found in temperate regions as well. Senna is sometimes used to produce various home remedies, herbal dietary supplements, naturopathic medicines, homeopathic remedies, alternative medicines, and holistic medicines due to its potential health benefits.
Other names for senna include: Alexandrian Senna, Casse, Cassia Senna, Indian Senna, Sen, Sennae Folium, Sennosides, and True Senna. Senna is sometimes used as a decorative plant and for landscaping. In Southeast Asia, senna is sometimes used in various dishes particularly in Thailand and Laos. The seeds are used in a kind of Asian curry called gaeng khilek or khi-lek curry. Some people also use senna as a natural hair treatment.
Health Benefits of Senna
Historically, senna was used in folk medicine and herbalism as a natural medicine or home remedy for a wide range of illnesses. Senna has been noted as having active ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Senna, as a natural remedy or herbal dietary supplement, is sometimes used to produce as nonprescription laxative that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is often used as a natural medicine or home remedy to treat constipation, hermorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and obesity (as a weight loss supplement).
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