A member of the Fabaceae or pea family, Senna alexandrina is native to northern Egypt and cultivated in parts of India, Sudan, and Somalia. Senna is a shrubby plant with long, spreading branches and yellow flowers that ripen into oblong, flat fruits. Its leaves and fruit pods have a long history of use in traditional healing practices for their beneficial properties. Often employed for their mild laxative action, senna pods can be extracted or steeped as senna pod tea.
Senna encourages bowel movement by inhibiting the smooth muscles that retain stool and stimulating the smooth muscles that push stool through the intestine. The herb doesn't work unless the sennosides in the herb are transformed into rheinanthrones by beneficial bacteria in the colon.
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