For many people, bowel problems are part and parcel of everyday life, with irritable bowels being an everyday occurrence. One of the extremes of this phenomenon, constipation, can be a painful and annoying problem when it strikes.
Senna (Senna alexandrina) is a shrubby herb native to Egypt and the Middle East traditionally used to help constipation. When taken as a tea or capsules, the leaves and pods of the herb help create peristalsis in the colon, moving stools along and helping the elimination process. Both the leaves and pods contain components known as sennosides (glycosides specific to the Senna plant), which act on the smooth muscle and give rise to its action.
It may be of use short term for those who find themselves battling constipation, such as those suffering IBS and similar digestive problems, whilst the underlying cause is addressed.