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Senna Leaf

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Chinese Name Fanxieye
Latin Folium Sennae
English Name Senna Leaf
Key Characteristics Downward-draining
Source

Dried leaflet of Cassia angusti folia Vahl or Cassia acuti folia Delile (Fam. Leguminosae)

Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered

Sweet, bitter, cold;  Large Intestine

Actions

To purge heat, induce bowels movement and urination

Indications

Constipation and abdominal pain due to accumulation of heat, edema, in addition, used for intestinal obstruction, chronic renal failure and epidemic hemorrhagic fever when it is put in boiling water for oral administration.

Special Usage Make it into a decoction or soak it in boiling water and take. It is added near the end when a decoction is prepared.
Precaution

It is forbidden to prescribe to women who are in the period of breast feeding, menstruation, and pregnancy.

Chemical Composition

It contains aloeemodin, flavonoids, etc.

   



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