Cassia side effects
CONSEQUENCES OF CASSIA PREPARATIONS
What are the properties of cassia?
Senna (Cassia acutifolia) is a plant native to India, Pakistan and China, which has been used since ancient times as a laxative remedy.
* Stimulant laxative: this plant is one of the most popular natural remedies against occasional constipation, which can be purchased without a prescription.
The plant contains anthraquinone components which stimulate the muscular walls that surround the intestines and promote their movement and fecal excretion.
However, their side effects limit its use because it does not solve the chronic constipation and can be habit forming.
Senna should not be used to treat chronic constipation because it aggravates it . You should consult other laxatives supplements.
* Laxative for medical uses: A a strong laxative, senna has been used to cleanse the bowel before diagnostic tests such as colonoscopies.
Side effects of senna
It is not recommended to take Senna as a first choice laxative, as it may cause side effects. You should start treating constipation taking a diet for constipation, with regular exercise, high-fiber foods and good hydration.
* More information: Laxative supplements.
What is the dose of senna?
Senna is a strong stimulant laxative, so it is contraindicated for chronic constipation. We recommend starting with mild laxatives or lubricant laxatives (oils and glycerin suppositories). If you need a strong laxative, take cascara, which has the same effect as this plant but it is less intense.
- Capsules: doses of 20 to 40mg. of sennosides. Due to different concentrations, follow package directions.
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