Senna leaf (Fanxieye)
Pharmaceutical Name: Folium Sennae
Botanical Name: 1. Cassia angustifolia Vahl. 2. Cassia acutifolia Delile
Common Name: Senna leaf
Source of Earliest Record: Yaoxue Dacidian
Part Used: The leaves are gathered in September and cleaned and dried in the sun.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sweet, bitter and cold
Meridians: Large intestine
To purge feces downward
Constipation. Senna leaf (Fanxieye) is used alone, or it is used with Immature bitter orange (Zhishi) and Magnolia bark (Houpo).
Dosage: 1.5-3 g for mild constipation. 3-10 g for severe constipation
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated during menstruation, lactation and pregnancy.