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SENEGA

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Chinese Senega, Herbe au Lait, Klapperschlangen, Laitier, Milkwort, Mountain Polygala, Polygala, Polygala de Sénéca, Polygala de Virginie, Polygala Glomerata, Polygala japonica, Polygala Root, Polygala Reinii, Polygala Sénéca, Polygala senega, P...
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SENEGA Overview
SENEGA Uses
SENEGA Side Effects
SENEGA Interactions
SENEGA Dosing
SENEGA Overview Information

Senega is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

Senega is used for swelling (inflammation) of the throat, nose, and chest; for lung conditions including asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema; and for rattlesnake bite. It is also used to cause sweating, increase saliva, loosen phlegm, and cleanse the bowels.

Some people use senega as a gargle for sore throat.

How does it work?

The chemicals in senega irritate the stomach lining, which causes production of larger amounts of lung secretions. This may explain how senega works as an expectorant. Expectorants loosen phlegm and make it easier to cough up.

SENEGA Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Asthma.
  • Emphysema.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the throat, nose, and chest.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of senega for these uses.


SENEGA Side Effects & Safety

Senega is considered safe when taken by mouth short-term. Long-term use can be UNSAFE. It can cause stomach irritation, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

Not enough is known about the safety of using senega as a gargle or applying it to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to take senega by mouth if you are pregnant. Senega might make the uterus contract, and it might also start menstruation. These effects could cause a miscarriage. Don’t take senega by mouth.

There isn’t enough information about the safety if applying senega to the skin during pregnancy. It’s best not to use it.

There also isn’t enough information to know whether taking senega by mouth or using it on the skin during breast-feeding is safe. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Fever: Senega can affect the central nervous system. Don’t use it if you have a fever.

Stomach and intestinal conditions including ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease: Don’t use senega if you have one of these conditions. It can irritate the intestine.

SENEGA Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for SENEGA Interactions

SENEGA Dosing

The appropriate dose of senega depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for senega. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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