A 31-year-old member asked:
does the laxative tea with senna work for constipation?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Laxative: Yes, but you need large amounts.
Answered on Mar 22, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
25 years experience Psychiatry
Senna laxative tea: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant (250 types) containing sennosides. The leaves & pods can be dried and used as a stimulant laxative which effects lower bowels. Senna tea can be used as a laxative.
Answered on Nov 15, 2018
Dr. Charles Cattano answered
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Beware side effects: "Irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining) which is often seen with chronic senna use, cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). See my earlier healthtap answers regarding the longterm systemic consequences of chronic laxative use / overuse.
Answered on Sep 7, 2014
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