December 18, 2014

Senna is a particularly interesting herbal tea, as it’s one of the few that isn’t recommended for everyday use, this is partly because it is so effective at what it does best, which is easing the symptoms of constipation naturally and without discomfort.

Senna tea contains anthraquinone, which are known for their powerful laxative effect. These anthraquinone are also highly effective at cleansing the colon, which is excellent not only for giving the digestive system a detox, but also for preparing the bowel for procedures such as a colonoscopy.

Senna is so widely regarded as an effective treatment for painful constipation that even the National Institute of Health in the US recommends it.

Senna Tea – What the Research Indicates

There have been quite a few studies examining the effects of senna in tablet or powder form, but not many focusing on the benefits of consuming the herb in tea.

However, what research that has been done indicates that senna tea is indeed very efficient as a safe laxative. A small study, undertaken in 2005 (and published in Investigative Radiology) observed the effects of senna tea on 12 participants. In each of the people involved, senna tea improved the easy movement of stools through the bowel.

What is the Official Recommendation For Senna Tea?

Senna is so widely regarded as an effective treatment for painful constipation that even the National Institute of Health in the US recommends it.

However, they also state that it’s important not to use it for over two weeks at a time. It’s a wonderful temporary solution to the irritation problem of constipation, and an excellent way to give your system a much-needed cleanse, but it is not to be used as a long-term form of medication.

As a result, if you find yourself still suffering from constipation after two weeks of drinking senna tea, it’s advisable to see your GP to discuss underlying causes and other forms of treatment.

Detoxing Your System Effectively With Herbal Tea

If you’re thinking of using senna tea to help kick - start a detox, it’s also important to support your efforts by making a few other temporary changes to your lifestyle. Don’t worry, it’s nothing that you have to maintain for a long period of time, it’s literally just a case of providing your body with the chance to flush out toxins and enjoy improved health.

In addition to drinking senna tea to cleanse the colon, you can:

  • Eat plenty of whole, natural foods. The key word here is ‘natural’. Aim to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, grains, legumes and fish; and where possible, try to avoid meat, eggs, dairy and of course, processed ‘junk’ foods. 
  • Cut the alcohol. If you want to feel the benefit of a detox, cut the alcohol. Remember, it’s only for a short while!
  • Avoid fizzy drinks. Don’t give in to the temptation of drinking fizzy drinks, and ideally, avoid coffee and tea, which both contain caffeine. If possible, limit your drinks to water or fresh juices only.
  • Get exercising. It’s the perfect opportunity to get moving and improve circulation and general levels of health.

The Benefits of Safe Senna Tea Consumption

There’s no doubt that, when consumed appropriately, senna tea can offer real benefits to your system, helping to solve the irritating problem of constipation and cleanse the system. It’s an excellent supplementary product to support your DIY detoxing efforts.


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