Science of Herbs

Cassia Augustifolia

Cassia Augustifolia

Common Name: Desi Sennai, Sonamukhi, Senna
English Name: Indian or Tinnevelly Senna
Botanical Name: Cassia augustifolia Vahl
Family: Leguminosae; Fabaceae

Description: Indian senna is native to India, Arab and tropical African countries. It is cultivated in India, Pakistan, Egypt and Sudan. In India, it is found throughout the year in South, mainly the districts of Tinnevelly, Madurai, Tiruchirapally and Mysore. Senna is a small shrub growing up to 2-3 feet in height. It has a smooth and branching, pale green stem, and feathery, oval and lance-shaped leaflets. Leaves have distinct veins on their under surface, grayish-green in color. Flowers are small and yellow.

Chemical Constituents: The major active constituents include flavenol (isorhamnetin, kaempfeol), anrathquinone (rhein, emodin), sennoside A, A1, sennoside B, C, D, E, F, G.

Properties: Senna, is an herb with laxative qualities. The medical uses include the treatment of intestinal conditions such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and hemorrhoids. It also can be used to treat hemorrhoids or as a laxative. The herb acts as a stool softener, easing pressure on the veins and allowing them to return to their normal state.

Used in the following MATXIN product:

  • Laxotabs tablets