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Senna is a smallish, stubby shrub with an erect, smooth, pale green stem and long, spreading branches, bearing lanceolate leaflets and small yellow flowers; the dried leaves, pods and stem are used medicinally. Almost everyone will have taken a preparation containing senna at some time in their lives. Senna is probably one of the best known herbal medicines, not least because it is still widely used in every system of medicines. It has a slightly bitter, nauseating taste, and is therefore generally mixed with other herbs. Pods are light green when young to dark brown or blackish on maturity, flat, thin, oblong, pubescent.
Senna pods contains hydroxyanthracene glycosides, the most plentiful of which are sennosides A and B. Sennosides percentage in pods is more compare to senna leaves.