CASSIA ANGUSTIFOLIA (senna pods)
senna pods is a herb that is generally used for its laxative properties. Senna contains anthraquinones, sennosides, numerous minor sennosides have been identified, and all appear to contribute to the laxative effect. These compounds work as a laxative by smoothing & relaxing the tissues as digested food moves through the intestines. It helps to eliminate Vitiated & putrefied Pitta through motion and gives relief in fever caused by excessive Pitta.
It supports reduction of ascitis (fluid accumulation in peritoneum) with other medicines. It aids in removal of toxins from skin layer and removing it from intestines. It helps to remove extra phlegm from lungs and reduce intensity of cough.
It is also found that Senna constituents, aloe-emodin and beta-sitosterol, possess inhibitory activity against cancer cells in mice.
USE : The pods contain sennosides A and B, Sennidin. Pods of the senna tree also possess purgative property but in a less degree than the leaflets.