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Does the laxative tea with senna work for constipation?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Laxative: Yes, but you need large amounts.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Short term use only please!
Sep 7, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Agree with Dr. Cattano.
Sep 7, 2014
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
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.
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Last updated Nov 15, 2018

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