Leaves of Alexandria or Egypt
The herb that fights constipation and cleanses the digestive tract.
They may be called leaves, but they are the pods of a plant called senna, cassia, cinnamon, Alexandrian leaves or Egyptian leaves.
Its most important therapeutic ingredients are:
The active substance is chrysophenic acid, which has laxative properties and is the main ingredient in many commercial laxatives.
Alexandria leaves contain substances called anthraquinone glycosides, which have a proven laxative effect, helping digestion and movement of food in the intestine
The fruits and leaves of senna contain sennosides A and B (sennosides A & B), substances which are hydrolyzed by the bacteria in the human gut and are broken down to give the former active substance anthraquinone. Sennosides A and B and their breakdown products act on the large intestine, accelerating the transfer of intestinal contents to the colon. Several studies suggest that these glycosides also have antitoxic effects on the liver.
Reinic and cassic acid have been shown to have bactericidal and fungicidal activity in the gastrointestinal tract.
How to use: Once the water starts to boil, take it off the heat and add the herb. Leave it for 10-20 minutes, strain it and use it. The usual proportions for the infusion are from 1-3 teaspoons for each cup of water.
They should not be used extensively as a laxative (not more than 10 days) because they weaken the muscles of the colon. Too frequent use can also cause dizziness and vomiting.
For milder action and better tolerance by the body, senna is often combined with cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Net weight: 150g
Packaging: Very practical, which keeps the contents fresh and allows you to open & close it multiple times.