Senna Alexandrina is species of flowering plant in the Fabaceae family
which consists of various other species in the genus Senna.
The species of Senna are distributed to tropic regions and some to the
Senna is a potent herb used extensively for various ailments in the
forms of tablets and capsules.
Senna is small shrub while in some species senna grows into small tree
and the leaves are lanceolate, compound and leaflets are opposite.
The flowers are yellow and white in colour having 5 petals similar to
The stem of senna is erect, smooth and with long drooping branches
bearing small opposite obovate leaflets.
Senna is usually cultivated throughout the tropic and some of the
temperate regions including Egypt, Nubia and Arabia.
Dried leaves and pods.
The active components of senna are rhein, aloe-emedin, kaempferol,
isormamnetin, and glucoside, Chrysophanic Acid, Sennacrol and Sennapicrin.
Senna is considered ornamental plant and also used for landscaping
Senna is being used as folk and herbal medicine from older times to
treat different ailments.
Senna is used as laxative, and also helps in relieving constipation.
Senna alexandrina is considered to be an important herb used for
various bodily ailments and can be avail in the form of capsules and