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«A highly valued and commonly used mechanical laxative and purgative, Senna (Cassia angustifolia) does not cause constipation in the long run, nor does it affect the normal functions of the digestive tract…. Senna is not only helpful when it is necessary to use a laxative for emptying the bowel, but also in some cases of abdominal congestions, portal stasis, acute or chronic kidney disease, active or passive brain-lung congestions.
It works by accelerating peristaltic motions especially the large intestine. To reduce colic symptoms, it is recommended to add carminative herbs, such as anise, fennel, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, etc.. Like other vegetable purgatives, Senna is to be used carefully in intestinal inflammatory and spastic states…, it is non recommended for breastfeeding women as its active ingredients will be lost with milk, to which it confers purgative properties » [1].

«Internally, Aloe (Aloe vera), if taken in small doses [not laxative] acts as a bitter-tonic, aperitif and is indicated in gastric atony, atonic dyspepsia and gastric catarrh. … In doses of 0.1-0.2 g, it works as a slow-acting laxative, which does not affect the digestive functions and is hardly addictive; therefore it is recommended for combating habitual constipation » [2].

«Green anise (Pimpinella anisum) in addition to a carminative action, promotes saliva and gastric secretion as well as intestinal peristalsis. At high doses, it has anti-spastic properties, useful in forms of fermentative dyspepsia and flatulence. A study has highlighted the ability of anise to stimulate the regeneration of liver cells …» [3]. 

«Two specific application fields: the nervous system (calming action) and the gastro-intestinal tract (carminative, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory action) have been attributed to Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla).
Numerous studies have investigated the pharmacological properties of the active ingredients of chamomile, which have been shown to have especially an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, sedative and antimicrobial activity. A …
phytocomplex regulates the composition of the intestinal flora and inactivates bacterial toxins [intestinal endotoxins] » [4].

«Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is best known for its valuable carminative, intestinal antiseptic, gastro-intestinal antispasmodic, light digestive, galactagogue, mucolytic activity » [5].

[1] AA.VV., Medicamenta, VIª edizione, Cooperativa Farmaceutica, Milano.
[2] Ibidem.
[3] Francesco Perugini Billi, Fitoterapia, Edizioni Junior.
4 Francesco Perugini Billi, op. cit.
[5] Ibidem.
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