Remember the time when the most fatal ailments could be treated by some magical herbs? Those recipes of the witches are still running in our families from generations to generations. Today, when Covid -19 outbreak has entrapped the whole world in its tremendous rage, these herbs are expected to help us survive. Senna leaves commonly known as Sana makki, are made from the Cassia senna plant. Within a few weeks, these herbs have taken over the internet after a UK based doctor claimed that sanna makki is the only cure to covid – 19 and he had treated over 400 patients with this herb. He had also offered a penalty of 20 Million dollars for himself if anyone fails to cure Corona patients by applying his method of using the herb. But his claim is yet to be justified.

Senna makki has shown marvelous results not only for covid-9 patients but also in the healthy bodies who suffer from constipation and obesity. There are many super-duper ways to use this FDA approved over-the-counter (OTC) laxative. But one must keep its proper dosage, all the expected side effects and precautionary measures in account before trying this enchanted herb.

Selection and preparation of the herb

 Senna is available in the form of tablets, liquids and tea made from senna leaves. These products are accessible in food stores, vitamin shops, online sales and almost all the pharmacies and supermarkets. The preparation of senna tea requires special concerns because they are often combined with some other ingredients, so you have got to read the product labels on your tea jar, no matter how much you hate doing so.

Dosage

There is no “right” dosage of senna, but its various formulae are taken by the following measurements.

Senna tablets

  • 6-11 years old: One tablet at bedtime
  • 12+ children and adults: One or two tablets at bedtime

Senna syrup

  • 2-5 years old: half to one, 5ml spoonful at bedtime. This potency for kids must be taken only under medical supervision.
  • 6+ children and adults:  one to two 5ml, spoonful’s at bedtime

Senna tea

  • Boil half liter of water with 1-2 grams of dried senna leaves for 10 minutes or until the water volume is reduced to half. Let it cool down for a bit and drink. (Honey and jiggery can be added to enhance the taste)
  • The right dosage is considered to be 8.5 mg for children and 17.2 mg for 12+ children and adults, ONCE a day.

 

Evils of Sana Makki

With great power comes great responsibility but our favorite sane makki is failing to be total majestic. It does have many acute and chronic side effects too.  Some short term harms include;

  • Severe diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Severe dehydration, often resulting to faintness

Some rare but very serious side effects include red, itchy, inflamed rashes on skin which requires urgent professional care. Some people might also be allergic to senna, so if you were planning to take it without any prior experiment, make sure that you don’t have some long lost allergies that could be triggered by this innocent herb.

Who shouldn’t take Sana makki?

Before starting using senna, you must know the fact that there are several medicines that don’t go well with it. And can be the reason of altering their original functions on the body. These medicines precisely include

  • Steroid tablets
  • Diuretic
  • Digoxin, quinidine or another heart medicine
  • Liquoraice root preparation

Senna must also be avoided by people who suffer from

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Appendicitis
  • Dehydration
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart diseases
  • Abdominal pain
  • Intestinal blockage or obstruction
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding stage

Women must avoid using senna during their menstruation to avoid any further complications.

How can you fight the side effects and win?

If you are experiencing diarrhea after using Sana makki, drinking lots of water and other fluids can be helpful in avoiding dehydration. You also need to reduce your dose of senna and must not take any other medicines for treating diarrhea without any proper medical assistance.

To cope with stomach cramps, try to relax your body and put a hot water bottle or heat pad over stomach. And if the cramping goes on, you must reduce your dose of senna and inform your Doctor about it. (That guy knows his work really well)

In a nutshell, Sanna makki is gaining popularity with every passing day because of its potential abilities to cure covid-19 and constipation, but one must keep its appropriate dosage, timing and side effects in mind before trying it. Otherwise, your “healthy life” stories will be turned into some petty Sad stories and you won’t even be the one telling them.