Senna Extract - Glossary

Senna Extract


An herbal laxative used in a range of “detox” and “cleansing” products, as well as over-the-counter commercial preparations (such as Ex-Lax).  There are several related species of plants used, but Cassia angustifolia and Cassia acutifolia are the most common.  The active ingredients are known as sennosides, which induce laxation via “stimulation of propulsive activity” in the colon.

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