Senna is a herb mainly used to provide a relief from constipation, it is safe if used in moderation, indeed senna is approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration FDA to be used as a non prescribed laxative. Senna can be found in detoxification tea since it stimulates the bowel to empty itself and get rid of the waste clogged in the system. However using senna in high doses or with certain health issues can cause gastrointestinal side effects.
. Side Effects Of Senna.
Senna tea is made of the leaves of the Cassia Senna plant. The active components in senna leaves are known as senna glycosides and sennosides. Those two compounds work as irritants in the colon, enhancing the muscular contractions in the intestines and the colon. In addition, these active components were found to keep more fluids in the guts which in turn soften the contents of the intestines and the bowel which makes the emptying of the bowel easier on the body. When fecal matter move faster through the system, side effects like gas, cramps or bloating may occur. These are the side effects of senna tea and most types of laxatives.
Using laxatives made of senna plant with high doses can cause dehydration and low electrolyte levels. If used with other diuretics or water pills can cause life-threating low potassium levels. The active properties of senna can interfere with the heard medication digoxin and increase side effects.
Taking the senna tea while using the blood thinner coumadin could increase the risk of bleeding. Senna in the form of tea or pills should not be taken with any other form of laxatives as this could increase the risk of dehydration and gastrointestinal irritations.
Due to the potential of senna tea to cause gastrointestinal irritations and side effects, this herb should not be taken if you are suffering from certain disorders of the guts such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or hemorrhoids. Also avoid it if you have intestinal obstruction, diarrhea or abdominal pain. Due to the lack of studies made on this herb, it should be avoided or only used upon a doctor’s recommendations during pregnancy. Moderate use of senna tea while breastfeeding is considered safe according to the 2001 statement published in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Using senna tea or supplements for longer than 14 days in a row could get your system depending on this supplements in order to have a regular bowel movement. High doses of senna for prolonged period of time could cause electrolyte imbalance due to the low potassium levels. Ad well as muscle weakness, liver damage and heart problems.
While there is little data about the safe dosage of senna tea. The daily consumption shouldn’t be more than two brewed tea. However, still make sure to talk to your doctor first if you are thinking to use senna as a laxative or in detox tea to make sure it is safe for you.