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    Nancy is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner.

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May 21, 2008

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NANCY

When purchasing herbal teas in health food stores, are the ones with "senna" harmful to your body? Thank you.

Nancy Desjardins

Hello Nancy,
Using senna on a daily basis is not safe because the herb is a "stimulant laxative" that works by irritating the colon to empty its contents.

Stimulant laxatives should not be used for more than one week because prolonged use can make the muscular walls of the colon weak and sluggish.

This means that your colon may no longer function properly on its own and you may not be able to go to the bathroom without the tea.

The other danger of using stimulant laxative teas is the excessive loss of water from chronic diarrhea. This can lead to dehydration and the loss of electrolytes and minerals like calcium, magnesium and, most importantly, potassium.

Hope this will help!

Nancy

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