Senna leaves is prescribed in Islamic medicine as cure for all the illnesses except death. Though there are many articles on internet claiming the benefits of Senna Leaves, Dr Nazir Ahmed from UK have released a video in which he claims to have cured many people suffering from corona virus.
The video went quiet viral on few news channel and social media. So we at tandurasti.com though of sharing the information to a larger crowd as it can be benefit in this despair time of covid-19
in video Dr Nazir shows exact method on how he prepares Senna Makki tea which is helpful in curing corona.
In this article we tried to compile some details regarding senna leaves which is collected from different sources like books, internet and Tibb-e-Nabavi (Prophetic medicines)
tandurasti.com would like to thank Dr Nazir Ahmed for his helpful video and there is no harm in trying the Senna tea shared by Dr Nazir as its natural and even approved by FDA for few common ailments like constipation etc. However we do not take any responsibility for the benefits or harms of its use. Readers can do more research before consuming it.
Our’s in an educational website and aim is to provide awareness about ancient and natural medicinal herbs which are easily available in our household kitchen.
Corona cure as prescribed by Dr Nazir.
Take half litter water add one table spoon of senna leaves. boil for 10 minutes with closed leaves. Add some jaggery or honey for sweetening (optional). do not add white sugar. drink this tea twice daily for 3 days.
Take steam immediately after drinking this tea. take the steam by similar tea. steam to be taken for 10 minutes 3 to 4 times .
He claims that withing 3 days of drinking the above tea twice daily for 3 days along with the Senna water steam the corona can be cured. No harm in trying 🙂
General Uses of Senna tea
Senna is an herb that comes from several different flowering species of the Cassia plants. The leaves, flowers, and fruits of the Senna plant have been used in tea as a laxative or stimulant for centuries.
The leaves of the Senna plant are also used in some teas to help relieve
constipation or promote weight loss.
The most common Cassia Senna plants used are the C.acutifolia, and C. angustifolia plants, which are grown in the Middle East and India.
Fast facts on Senna Tea
Senna is available as a tea, a liquid, a powder, or tablets. It is regarded as safe when used by adults and children over the age of 2. While generally safe, Senna can interact with certain medications.
Uses of Senna tea
The leaves of the Senna plant are used in teas and may help relieve constipation. Senna is most often used as a laxative, either to relieve constipation or in some cases, to help with weight loss.
It is also an ingredient in some conventional over-the-counter laxatives. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved Senna as a non-prescription drug to treat constipation.
The most common doses are:
Children: 8.5 milligrams (mg) per day to cause a single bowel movement
Children over 12 and adults: 17.2 mg per day, with no more than 34.4 mg
Adults: 17 mg per day
Postpartum pregnancy (After childbirth): 28 mg per day, divided into two doses It is not recommended to use Senna for longer than 2 weeks at a time.
Senna is generally well tolerated and thought to be safe for most people. However, it does have the potential to cause serious complications in some people with certain health conditions and who take certain medications. It is best to consult a doctor with any questions about taking Senna.
Risks: There have been some case reports of people suffering from liver damage, coma or nerve damage after using Senna. In these cases, people were using Senna at much higher than the recommended doses and for more extended periods of time.
Senna tea should not be used by people with the medical conditions mentioned below :
- Abdominal pain
- Intestinal obstruction or blockage
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- ulcerative colitis
- heart disease
- Pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers
- Women with period or menstruating
What are the drug interactions of Senna tea?
There are several drug interactions to be noted. By being aware of these, people can make sure that they are drinking Senna tea safely.
People taking the following medications or herbal supplements should avoid taking Senna:
Contraceptives: Senna can interact with the form of estrogen in some contraceptives, including the vaginal ring, patch or pills. It might make the birth control less effective, making it more likely for an accidental pregnancy to occur.
Digoxin: Senna can cause electrolyte imbalances in the body, especially in potassium levels. Low potassium can cause problems for someone taking digoxin.
Warfarin: Diarrhea in people taking warfarin can increase the risk of serious bleeding. Because Senna can cause diarrhea, anyone taking warfarin should avoid using Senna.
Diuretics: Like Senna, some diuretics can also decrease potassium and other electrolyte levels. Taking these two medications together can cause potassium levels to drop to a dangerous level.
Oestrogen: Oestrogens in hormone replacement therapies react the same way as birth control pills. Using Senna with hormone replacement therapy may mean that theoestrogen is not absorbed or work as well.
Horsetail: Horsetail is an herb that some people take for several different reasons. There is some thought that horsetail could lower potassium levels in some people. Taking Senna with horsetail may lower potassium levels too much.
Liquorice: Liquorice also lowers potassium levels; people should avoid taking both liquorice and Senna together.
Common side effects of Senna Tea
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Excessive bowel activity
- Feeling faint or dizzy
- Electrolyte abnormalities, including low potassium (hypokalaemia)
- Melanosis coli
- Finger clubbing (long-term use)
- Nausea (you feel like vomiting)
- Kidney and liver damage because of dehydration (if you don’t drink too much water after loose motion & for next 2 days).
Traditional Use and Health Benefits :
Senna has been used as a traditional medicine by ancient cultures all over the world.
Senna is an Arabian name and 9th century writings describe how it was used extensively by Arabian physicians.
According to a rare Egyptian medical papyrus, dating to the 16th century BCE, Senna was prescribed by the physicians for their distinguished patients.
In North America, native tribes used Senna seeds (pods) as a mucilaginous medicine for sore throat. The Cherokees used Senna bruised root, moistened with water, for dressing sores. They also used it in a tea to cure fevers with black spots and paralysis as symptoms.
Senna Health Benefits for Constipation
The most famous use of this herb is as a laxative and a purgative (strongly laxative). It is now known that the laxative effects of Senna are due to anthraquinone glycosides known as sennosides.
These compounds stimulate intestinal contractions that lead to the rapid expulsion of waste matter.
Senna may also be able to soften the stool by assisting the large intestine to absorb more water and adding bulk to faeces. This allows for bowel movements that are quick and smooth as waste passes through the large intestine.
Senna is often used to clear the bowel before diagnostic tests such as colonoscopies. Cleansing the colon is believed to improve nutrient uptake and support overall colon health.
Senna also works as an effective vermifuge to destroy parasites and expel worms from the intestinal tract. It works best when combined with other anthelmintic herbs (used in the treatment of roundworm), such as ginger or fennel. These herbs increase regularity and reduce the chance of bowel cramps due to Senna’s strong action.
Senna, if used in the proper dosage for certain periods of time, has shown potential in reducing irritability in the intestines by improving overall digestion.
Senna also contains the anti-inflammatory compound resveratrol which can help to soothe inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
Senna leaves contain essential oils and tannins that help to alleviate skin inflammation. With a strong antibacterial activity, they can be made into a compress which can be applied to wounds and burns.
Acetone and ethanol – other compounds present in Senna – can fight the microorganisms that cause acne. Senna also helps to reduce sebum production and increase cell regeneration and collagen production.
Senna Leaf/Pod Tea
Pour hot (not boiling) water over ½ to 2 grams (one-quarter teaspoon) of crushed Senna herb. Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes and then strain.
Traditionally taken: 2-3ml taken 2-3 times per day, or as directed by a Herbal Practitioner.
Other Gastrointestinal Disorders
Senna tea is sometimes used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bloating. But there is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of Senna tea or other Senna preparations to treat these conditions.
If you are struggling with constipation, bloating, cramping or indigestion, Senna tea can often help by promoting the normal flow of food and waste matter through your bowels.
This specialty tea is also well-known as a diuretic, meaning it stimulates urination. This can release excess salts, fats, toxins and water from the body. Senna can often result in dehydration, so make sure you are staying well hydrated.
Senna tea, due to the presence of tannin, resin, and essential oils, is used to treat wounds, burns, and ringworm. Its anti-bacterial properties are also useful in fighting acne, and other skin ailments.
Hair Care & Color
Applying Senna to your hair will ensure stronger, thicker, and voluminous hair. It also acts as a natural hair highlighter which gives ash blonde to golden color.
Certain compounds found in Senna tea, such as sennosides, possess anti-parasitic effect. By eradicating intestinal worms and other gut parasites.This tea can help ensure that you get as many nutrients as possible from your meals.
The literature on Senna extracts suggests that it is a weak promoter of colon carcinogenesis but however when taken in large amounts, it can be a cause of cancer cell formation in the body.
In this research, the test subjects were administered with 10mg/kg for 13 to 28 weeks, which is a healthy dose to induce laxation. The dose was, however, increased to 100mg/kg over the next three months and results showed an increase in the appearance of tumours.
To gain more clarity, a study was conducted in 2005 and researchers found that when the rats were administered with a dose of 30 and 60mg/kg for 110 weeks, there was no tumor activity.
On the other hand, when the rats were administered with the same amount of Senna extracts, as well as tumor-initiating agent, the study showed that Senna could actually help reduce the tumor.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family
Medicine suggests that there is no relation between the occurrence of colon cancer and consumption of Senna
Traditionally, Senna tea has been used for a wide variety of inflammatory conditions, including headaches, fevers, and inflammation of joints and tissues.
Experts also claim that Bay leaf used in Indian Kitchen is also a type of Senna. We need to do more research on that. however the bay leaf have similar benefits and could be from the same botanical family.