Senna pods: 19th century

Senna pods: 19th century
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Senna pods. The pods of senna, have been used traditionally as a laxative for centuries. The sweetish bitter tea is rich in sennosides and anthraquinones glycosides, including aloe-emodin and rhein (similar to Turkish rhubarb root) and functions as a safe and effective laxative. Despite of the slightly higher anthracene glycoside content as compared with the leaf, senna pods has a somewhat gentler laxative action and is therefore preferred for children.

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