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Fan Xie Ye (Senna Leaf)

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Cold Fan Xie Ye (Folium Sennae)
Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Folium Sennae
Tone Marks:
fān xiè yè
Purgative Leaf of the Foreigners


  • Eliminates Heat and Stagnation by Draining Downward
    For constipation from heat accumulating in the intestines with abdominal fullness. Especially useful in treating habitual constipation.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during menstruation, pregnancy, or lactation. Also contraindicated in patients with a weak constitution. Use with extreme caution and in very small dosages for patients with chronic constipation. Large dosages may result in nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

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  • 3-9 grams. 1.5-3 grams when steeped alone in tea. Do not cook for more than 15 minutes.
  • Part used: leaf.