Alexandrian leaf (senna, Norway cassia) - cassia acutifolia del.
Botanical characteristics. Bean family. Semishrub up to 1 m. Leaves are alternate, pinnate. Each leaf consists of several pairs (up to 5) of lanceolate leaflets. Yellow flowers in the axils of the leaves are collected in racemes. It blooms in June and September. Fruits - flat curved beans.
It grows wild in Asian and African deserts. As a valuable medicinal plant cultivated in Central Asia.
Used plant parts. Leaves, less often - fruits.
Antreglycosides, flavonoids, interstitial compounds, resins, alkaloids, organic acids and phytosterols are found in the leaves.
Application. It is a mild laxative that mainly affects the work of the colon, has a diuretic effect. It is used for atonic constipation, chronic colitis, hemorrhoids. Alexandria leaf prescribed for constipation pregnant. Even with prolonged use does not irritate the intestinal mucosa.
Contraindications. With long-term use may develop addiction, so it is advisable to alternate with other laxatives.
Cooking 1 tablespoon of crushed leaves is poured with 1 glass of water, simmering for 15 minutes, topped up to the original volume. Drink 1-2 tablespoons 3-4 times a day or 1/2 cup at night. The laxative effect appears 7-10 hours after administration.
Homeopathic Senna 3x, 3, 6 is prescribed for asthenic condition, accompanied by urine acid diathesis, as well as for chronic colitis.