Senna

Senna

Senna
Senna is an herbal supplement used as a laxative and the treatment of chronic constipation. Senna can be made as a tea or taken in capsule form. Extended use of senna can result in weakened bowels. As with any alternative medicines please consult your health provider for treatment, correct dosage, benefits and side effects of senna.

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    Senna is one of many herbal laxatives; it is often an ingredient in ‘diet teas.’ It stimulates the colon, and stimulates extreme diarrhea, nausea, and dehydration. Weight loss is a direct result of water loss, not fat loss. Drinking tea with senna is considered to be habit forming, as habit forming as using laxatives, making it impossible to have a bowl movement without it.

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    Do not take senna or any other laxative for more than seven to 10 days. Extended use of senna and other laxatives may result in lazy bowel syndrome, in which your body requires laxatives to produce a bowel movement.

    Young children may get serious rashes from taking senna. Use extreme caution when giving senna to children.

    If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking senna. If you are breastfeeding and your baby develops diarrhea, stop taking senna, as senna can be transferred to a baby through breast milk.

    Some serious side effects have been attributed to senna. People taking senna for an extended period of time have reported developing clubbed fingers and toes, liver damage and weakened muscles and bones. Senna may worsen a pre-existing inflammation of the bowels or hemorrhoids.

    Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking senna before beginning treatment.

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    A Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of

    Senna is one of many herbal laxatives; it is often an ingredient in ‘diet teas.’ It stimulates the colon, and stimulates extreme diarrhea, nausea, and dehydration. Weight loss is a direct result of water loss, not fat loss. Drinking tea with senna is considered to be habit forming, as habit forming as using laxatives, making it impossible to have a bowl movement without it.

    Senna is not recommended for anyone on a regular basis, for a one time use it can be used for a laxative when constipated.

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    Are senna supplements safe for pregnant or nursing women?
    Senna supplements are used as stimulating laxatives for constipation, but it's considered safe for short term, occasional use in pregnant or nursing women. In this video, integrative medicine specialist Tieraona Low Dog, MD, explains the guidelines.
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    Senna should not be taken with other laxatives, including prescription laxatives, over-the-counter laxatives and herbal laxatives like aloe, rhamnus and yellow dock.

    If you are taking digoxin or any blood thinners or diuretics, do not take senna without talking to your doctor. The combination of these drugs and senna can cause your potassium level to become dangerously low or may increase the risk of bleeding.

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    A Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of

    Senna is one of many herbal laxatives; it is often an ingredient in ‘diet teas.’ It stimulates the colon, and stimulates extreme diarrhea, nausea, and dehydration. Weight loss is a direct result of water loss, not fat loss. Drinking tea with senna is considered to be habit forming, as habit forming as using laxatives, making it impossible to have a bowl movement without it.

    Senna tea starts to work within 1-3 hours of ingesting. It isn't recommended for anyone on a regular basis, for a one time use it can be used for a laxative when constipated.

     

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    Long-term use of senna puts you at risk for dangerous side effects. Do not take senna or any other laxative for more than seven to 10 days. Extended use of senna and other laxatives may result in lazy bowel syndrome, in which your body requires laxatives to have any bowel movement.

    Young children may get serious rashes from taking senna. Use extreme caution when giving senna to children.

    If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking senna. If you are breastfeeding and your baby develops diarrhea, stop taking senna, as senna can be transferred to a baby through breast milk.

    Some serious side effects have been attributed to senna. People taking senna for an extended period of time have reported developing clubbed fingers and toes, liver damage, and weakened muscles and bones. Senna may worsen a preexisting inflammation of the bowels or hemorrhoids.

    Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking senna before beginning treatment.


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    Senna is not recommended for anyone on a regular basis, for a one time use it can be used for a laxative when constipated.

    Senna is one of many herbal laxatives; it is often an ingredient in ‘diet teas.’ It stimulates the colon, and stimulates extreme diarrhea, nausea, and dehydration. Weight loss is a direct result of water loss, not fat loss. Drinking tea with senna is considered to be habit forming, as habit forming as using laxatives, making it impossible to have a bowl movement without it.

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    If you forget to take a dose of senna, take senna as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, take only your next dose. Do not take two doses of senna at once.

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    A Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of

    Senna is one of many herbal laxatives; it is often an ingredient in ‘diet teas.’ It stimulates the colon, causing extreme diarrhea, nausea, and dehydration. Weight loss is a direct result of water loss, not fat loss. Drinking tea with senna is considered to be habit forming, as habit forming as using laxatives, making it impossible to have a bowl movement without it.

    Senna is not recommended for anyone on a regular basis, for a one time use it can be used for a laxative when constipated. It is an over-the-counter herb.