Sennae folium

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Senna leaves

Definition
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Sennae folium, also known as senna leaves, is the official preparation from Cassia angustifoliae the dried leaves of the Tinnevelly senna (Tinnevelly is a South Indian district).

Ingredients
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Efficacy-determining ingredients are anthranoids (hydroxyanthracene derivatives) calculated as sennoside B. The active ingredients are derived from aloe emodin and Rhine.

Effects
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The senna glycosides are converted to anthrones in the dermis, which have a strong laxative effect.

Field of application/use
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Sennae folium has a reliable effect against constipation and is used for the treatment of haemorrhoids, constipation, before surgery and intestinal examinations, among other things.

Recipe(s)
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The fixed combination senna leaves + Indian flea seeds consists of:

has a laxative effect and is used for constipation.

The combination senna leaves+peppermint oil+caraway oil consists of:

has a lanxiering and antispasmodic effect and is used for constipation.

Trade names
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Laxative Stada® N, Antiviscosin® Tea N, Bekunis Herbal Tea, Dr. Klinger's Digestive Tea, Stada® Gall Liver Tea, Presselin®, Ramend® Laxative Tea, Superlaxol® Tea, Warondo® Laxative Tea