senna dry leaves

Nowadays, senna or Sana Makki is considered as an herbal remedy for treating coronavirus. But its effectiveness against Covid-19 patients is still scientifically unproven.

Due to this non-stop pandemic of coronavirus across the globe. Scientists and herbalists are finding the ultimate solution to vanish this deadly little monster COVID –19.

In this regard, some experimental antiviral drugs like remdesivir are used as an emergency approval drug against coronavirus. Similarly, some powerful antiviral herbs like garlic, licorice root, and immunity-boosting herbs like senna or Sana Makki show promising results in Covid-19 patients.

What Is Senna (Sana Makki)

Senna or Sana Makki is an herb. It comes from different flowering species of Cassia plants.

It is used as herbal medicine, mostly in the form of herbal tea.

Studies show senna is a stimulant laxative commonly used by pediatricians, pediatric, gastroenterologists, and pediatric surgeons.

Research also shows that adulteration of Senna is used pharmaceutically for the treatment of multiple health disorders such as constipation, indigestion, epilepsy, asthma, piles, migraine, and heart problems.

People also use senna tea for weight loss, but it is not recommended. As it is not a healthy option because the use of laxatives for weight loss is not a good choice.

Nutritional Value Of Senna

a heap of senna dry leaves in a plate

The senna plants are small shrubs of family Fabaceae or Leguminosae. It mostly consists of dried leaves and fruits.

It contains sennosides or senna glycosides and anthraquinones.

Studies also show that the leaves of Senna alata Linn contain moisture, ash, fiber, protein, lipids, carbohydrate, minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium. It also contains β-carotene, vitamin C, and E.

Senna Tea Or Sana Makki Tea Benefits And Uses

Senna tea is used to

  1. Get relief from constipation
  2. Treat hemorrhoids
  3. Cure Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  4. Treat Anal or rectal surgery
  5. Cure anal fissures
  6. Prepare for colonoscopy

Is It Effective Against Corona Virus?

doctor checking blood test of corona patientt

For the treatment of coronavirus, herbalists find herbal remedies for Covid-19 patients. Social media plays a great role in this regard. In Pakistan, people prefer to use Sana Makki for the treatment of corona.

An herbal researcher and UK resident having a degree of doctorate Dr.Nazeer use senna leaves to cure Covid-19 patients. After his viral YouTube video, people start using senna as an herbal remedy for corona.

However, professionals recommend people should not use this herb due to its purgative or laxative action and other side effects.

Islamic View Related To Senna

Hazrat Asma Bint Umair رضي الله عنها says that Rasoolullah ﷺ asked her: “What do you use as a laxative (تستمشين), she replied, “Shabram” (الشبرم) (spruge). Rasoolullah ﷺ said it is hot & powerful. (حار، حار), she said: Then I used Sanna (senna) (السنا) as a laxative (تستمشين). & she said that Rasoolullah ﷺ said: “If there would be a cure (شفاء) for death (الموت) it would be Sanna (Senna) (السنا).
[Tirmizi: 2225; Book. 28; English vol. 4; Book. 2, Hadees. 2081]

Side Effects

Although it is safe for most adults and children. But it has some side effects too.

  • Diarrhea: Usually, its intake causes stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea.

  • Liver Injury: When used in higher doses for a longer period of time, it can cause adverse effects including clinically apparent liver injury.

  • Overdose: The overdose of senna or Sana Makki is lethal for health. So, use it in moderation.

  • Use for 7 days: Don’t use it for a longer period of time. Use it for a week only or otherwise according to doctor’s advice.

  • Allergic Reaction: Those people who show an allergic reaction after using its tea, quickly stop using it.

  • Electrolyte Imbalances: It also causes electrolyte imbalances, if used in greater amounts and for a long period of time than recommended.

  • Adverse effects: The most adverse effects are kidney damage, colon perforation, carcinoma, coma, and death.

In short, always use this herbal remedy with the prescription of doctors and herbalists to avoid any side effects.

senna plant with flowers and leaves

To sum up, we recommend using senna leaves only after the prescription of the doctors. It should be used in small doses and for a shorter period of time. Researches are going on to find out the ultimate solution for the corona virus.

That’s why it is preferred that you don’t use any herbal remedy if it shows a negative impact on your health.

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