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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 6, Issue 2 (2017)

Recent advances on senna as a laxative: A comprehensive review

Author(s):

Ramchander, Pawan Jalwal and Anil Middha

Abstract:
Cassia angustifolia is an ayurvedic herb more popularly known as senna. It is also known as swarnapatri in Sanskrit. It is an FDA approved nonprescription laxative. Due to its laxative property it is used to clear bowel before diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy. Senna is an Arabian name but it is native to Sudan. It is a small herb growing to a height of 2-3 feet. In India it is cultivated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Its commercial cultivation has recently come up in Kutch (Gujrat) and Jodhpur (Rajasthan). The first systematic examination of the leaves was carried out by Tschirch and Hiepe.

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How to cite this article:
Ramchander, Pawan Jalwal and Anil Middha. Recent advances on senna as a laxative: A comprehensive review. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2017;6(2):349-353.

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