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East Indian Senna

Scientific name of East Indian Senna: Cassia alaxandina, Cassia angustifolia 

Name of East Indian Senna in different languages:-

English: Egyptian Senna,  Senna.

Sanskrit: Sonamukhi, Bhoomichari, Markandika

Hindi: Buhikhakhasa

Tamil: Thirunalvelicenna

Malayalam: Chennamukki-ചെന്നാമുക്കി, Nilavaka-നിലവാക

Plant description: 

Senna / East Indian Senna or Alexandrian Senna (Cassia angustifolia) is a shrub, grows up to the height of 1 m. in height, well-branched, pale-green, erect. Leaves are simple, alternately arranged, ovate, leaflets vary up to 6 pairs. The flowers are yellow, in clusters and big in size, fruits are tapered at the end, flat, oblong, and contain six seeds.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Odd-pinnate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Odd-pinnate-leaflet-in-rows  Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

Constipation, haemorrhoids, weight loss, cancer, skin disorders, leprosy, Vata, intestinal worm, bronchitis etc.

Medicinal properties:

Laxative, Stimulant, cathartic

Chemical contents:

Sennosides, Senna glycosides, mannitol, Chrysophanic acid and Salicylic acid, sitosterol

It is one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Ayulax Tablet

Pylend Tablets

Raktansoo Tablets


Herbal Treatments

മലബന്ധം മാറാൻ - ചെന്നാമുക്കി (നിലവാക) (Cassia Angustifolia) യുടെ ഇല ഉണക്കിപ്പൊടിച്ച് ഇളം ചൂടുവെള്ളത്തിൽ കഴിക്കാം. (not exeede 38 grams for men and 25 gm woman) 

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