Senna Tea was used by Egyptian physicians for the treatment of constipation. Senna herb is taken from the Cassia plant. The leaves, fruits, and flowers of this plant are used in tea to cure constipation. Senna Tea benefits are manyfold. Besides treating constipation, it is used for the treatment of weight loss and detoxification of the body. Although originated from Egypt, it is now cultivated in other parts of the world as well.
There are various teas that are being used in the world. Different types of teas have different benefits. This article will focus on Senna; a herb that can purge and detox the human body.
How to Prepare Senna Tea?
First of all, clean Senna leaves. That means separation of leaves from the stem as you only need leaves for making tea. Now follow these steps for making two cups of tea:
- Take one-liter water and two tablespoons of Senna leaves
- Mix water and Senna leaves
- Now put it on the stove and boil for ten minutes. Make sure to cover the vessel with some lid
- Turn off the stove and the tea is now ready
Ensure not to overcook the tea as it will develop bitter taste and will be difficult to drink. You can add some honey in the tea to taste.
Not more than one cup of this tea should be consumed in a day. To avoid the risk of any side effects, this tea should not be used for more than seven days in a row.
DO NOT USE: If you are pregnant or have diarrhea. Also, refrain from giving this tea to children.
Senna is a laxative and should not be taken with any laxative medicine or product.
Senna is approved by the FDA as a nonprescription laxative
Health Benefits of Senna Tea
There are many health benefits of this tea. It is utilized as a laxative, improves metabolism, cures constipation, and a weight reduction cure. Although Senna herb is utilized many products and medication however its utilization as tea is expanding rapidly.
This tea has the ability to regulate bowel movement. It is beneficial for people who are constipated most of the time.
Since this tea helps in regulating bowel movement so in some people it may show some signs of weight loss. It must be clear anyway that the main utilization of the tea is to help in curing constipation and not to shed a couple of pounds. To lose weight regular workout and healthy diet is the key.
It may also help in the treatment of hemorrhoids that occur as a result of chronic constipation, but the doctor should be consulted before use.
Probable Side Effects
The American Herbal Products Association recommends that this tea should not be used long term due to some potential risks. Long term Senna usage may cause laxative dependence.
A doctor should be consulted before taking Senna if anyone is having:
- Colon Disorders
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
This tea may also interact with medications like blood thinners and diuretics. Long term use of Senna may cause disturbance of electrolytes that can intensify heart conditions, including heart disease.
Senna tea can cause several different immediate side effects. They include abdominal cramps, severe diarrhea especially associated with long term usage. Faintness may also occur due to diarrhea that leads to water loss.
Senna Tea & COVID 19
Nowadays there is a misconception that this tea can be used to cure Coronavirus. Well, actually this is not the case. There is no scientific evidence that shows that this tea can be used for the treatment of Coronavirus.
People are seeing Senna as an immunity booster and a savior from Corona. This has resulted in a sharp increase in the prices of Senna leaves in some countries. When a person drinks this tea, it causes irritation in the large intestine. This irritation develops movement in the intestine which results in bowel movement.
To some extent, this tea can be used in Corona patients who show symptoms of constipation as well. It will help to release toxic materials deposited in the body due to COVID 19. But there is no evidence that this tea can boost the immune system thus resulting in Corona cure.
Coronavirus enters our body through eyes, nose, and mouth. Then it impacts our throat. Then for the throat, it enters our lungs and damages them. Our mucus gets thicker which results in breathing difficulty. So, the first and foremost task should be getting our lungs stronger. So, the medication should be focused on improving the performance of our lungs.
To conclude, use Senna tea in a quantity which is necessary for the bowel movement. It is also advised not to use this tea for a longer period. People with certain medical symptoms should not use this tea as well. And finally, there is no scientific proof that it is a cure for Coronavirus.