Is Cassia angustifolia Tea Harmful?
Answered by: Richters Staff
Question from: Jessica
Posted: Before April 1998

I have been drinking a tea that contains Cassia angustifolia. Is this harmful?

We are not qualified medical practitioners, so the information we provide below is for study and research purposes only. Before using any medicinal herb consult your health care provider.

Cassia angustifolia or Indian senna is a laxative. Like all laxatives it should not be used over a prolonged time since it can lead to problems with the colon. Nursing mothers should not take Indian senna because the laxative compounds are passed to the baby.

Used as a laxative over the short term it can be very beneficial. If carminative herbs such as coriander, cloves or ginger are taken also, mild griping pains can be avoided. If the griping pains are severe, senna should be discontinued and other laxatives such as psyllium seed should be considered.

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