Folia Sennae

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Folia Sennae


Latin Name: Folia Sennae

Common Name: Leaves of senna

Classification: Cathartic and diuretic

Isolated Drug/s: None

Medicinal Usage: A prompt, efficient, and safe cathartic, being milder than other drastic purgatives. Folia Sennae is thus good for use in fevers or inflammatory cases, with pregnant women, or other vulnerable patients. Side effects can include severe abdominal pain and a bad taste in the mouth.

The leaves are infused in water or alcohol to release their cathartic properties. Folla Sennae can be made into a variety of dosage forms alongisde these infusions, including compounds, tinctures, and confections.

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Specimen: Cassia angustifolia Vahl. Image courtesy of the New England Botanical Club.




“Folia Sennae,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed June 17, 2019,

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