Senna and Saoot are herbaceous subshrubs native to Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria and North Africa, as well as found in India, Pakistan. Saoot and Senna leaves consists of the dried leaflets of the pinnate leaves and are known worldwide for amazing health benefits. The senna herbs were brought to limelight by ancient Hakims and physicians. Today, Senna and Saoot enjoy a special reputation and are used commonly.
Islamic Perspective of Saoot & Senna Leaves
Senna Leaf and Saoot are blessed herbs. Saoot and Senna leaves benefits are various. It is regarded as one of the best beneficial laxative remedies narrated from the Prophet S.A.W. himself.
The virtue of senna is narrated in the Sunnah.
It was narrated from Asma’ bint ‘Umays that the Holy Prophet S.A.W. asked her “What do you use as a laxative?” She said: “Spurge.” He said: “Hot, hot.” She said: Then I used senna as a laxative and the Prophet peace be upon him said: “If there were anything in which there is a cure for death, it would be senna.” – [Al-Tirmidhi, 6/254, 256. Al-Albaani said: it is Da’eef. See Hadith no. 4807 in Da’eef Al-Jaami’]
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas R.A. said: The Messenger peace be upon him of Allah S.A.W. said
“The best medicines which you use are those which are administered through the side of the mouth, nose drops, cupping and laxatives.” – [Narrated and classed as Hasan by Al-Tirmidhi]
Benefits of Senna Leaves & Saoot
Both, Senna and Saoot are blessed herbs and have various advantages for our health and well-being. The senna herbs must be used by us and following are the benefits you can get by using Senna and Saoot.
1Senna Leaf for Constipation
Being an extraordinary laxative, Senna Leaf is an effective tool for relieving constipation. It has also been acknowledged by the US FDA as a non-prescription drug to cure constipation. The above mentioned Hadith refers to the use of Senna for constipation. Senna acts on the intestinal walls slowly to cause contractions leading to easy bowel movements. It also softens stool by enabling the abdominal colon to absorb more water. It is an effective cure for several cases of constipation.