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BOTANICAL MEDICINE DATABASE
The anthraquinones are absorbed into the blood, re-secreted into the colon as active anthraquinones where they stimulate smooth muscle contraction. Atonic constipation, or until the cause of constipation is discovered. It is best to combine Senna with carminative herbs to reduce gripping. Due to dramatic decrease in transit time, can interfere with absorption of practically any drug.
Stimulant laxative, cathartic
Infusion: 4-12 dried pods steeped in cold or hot water for 6-12 hours. Tincture (1:5, 45%), 2-4 ml QD.