What is Senna Pods?

Nubian Senna or Alexandrian Senna or even Khartoum Senna. It grows in parts of Sudan and in some Arabian countries. The best Senna is distinguished by a bright yellowish-green color of the leaves with a faint odor resembling the smell of green tea and a bittersweet taste.


The plant has a pale green stem with long spreading branches. The sweetish taste of the leaves distinguishes Senna from the Argel leaves. It has small yellow flowers and oblong pods about 2 inches long and 7 tot 8 inches broad. 

Source of Senna Pods

Pantropix genus comprising of 500 species of which 20 are found in native flora of India. It is indigenous to Somalia, southern Arabia, parts of Sindh (Pakistan). In India it is cultivated in Gujrat, Rajasthan and Tamilnadu.
Cassia Angustifolia known as Alexandrian Senna is indigenous to Sudan and Sinai.

General uses

The leaves and flouwers of Siamese cassia are used in some Southeast Asian cuisines, such as Thaii and Lao cuisines. They are know as Khi-lek in Thai and are used in curries.

✓ It is known for increasing the movement of the colon by increasing the functions of the intestinal wall.

✓  It is also a remedy for hemorrhoids, alimentary canal and prolapse.

✓  Leaces and pods of the plant are used to cure breathing problems.

✓  An infusion of the pods is used as, way to suppress fever and to stop chronic nosebleeds.

✓  An infusion of the leaves is consumed to stop spasms or convulsions.

✓   Herbalists and natural doctors recommend Senna pod supplements to treat mild cases of constipation.

Who is using

Many pharmaceutical and drugs manufacturers are using Senna to produce various types of medicines.
Herbalists use Senna to manufacture Senna.