*Senna (Markandika) is also known as Swarnapatri, which translates into a golden petal. Senna works well with the digestive system in addressing inconsistent bowel movements, detoxifying the colon, and eliminating Pitta. As a home remedy to improve skin health, Senna leaves can be made into a paste by adding a little amount of vinegar and applied over the face.
*Benefits include cleansing the intestines and colon, improves gall bladder secretions, remove liver stagnation, improves skin health, removes phlegm, and helps to maintain healthy body weight.
Suggested Use: 1/4-1/2 teaspoon in powder form, once or twice daily, or use as directed by your health practitioner.
Botanical Name – Cassia Angustifolia
Family – Caesalpiniaceae
English Name – Indian senna; Tinnevelly senna
Senna is a small herb growing to a height of 2-3 feet and is typically identified by its spear-shaped pointed leaves pale yellowish-green in color. The pods, seeds, and leaves are of special medicinal value.
Physical and chemical properties of Markandika –
Taste – Pungent; Bitter; Sweet
Quality – Light to digest; Dry in nature; Pungent
Potency – Hot
Post Digestive effect – Pungent
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