Senna does one thing, and does it well; it relieves constipation. Its leaves and pods contain anthranoids, which have specific effects in the intestines: chemical by-products of senna metabolism stimulate propulsive contractions and inhibit stationary contractions in the colon, thus speeding elimination of waste and increasing its water and electrolyte content.
Steep ¼ to ½ teaspoon of herb in a cup of hot water for 10-15 minutes. Cool, strain and drink. Alternately steep ½ to 1 teaspoon of herb in a cup of cold water for 6-8 hours. Take one cup when necessary during evening.
Seek professional health advice if pregnant, lactating, suffering from a medical condition or taking medication before supplementing.