Fan Xie Ye

Fan Xie Ye in TCM:

English Name: senna leaves
Pharmacuetical Name: Folium Sennae
Properties: sweet, bitter, cold
Explore the properties of Fan Xie Ye according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cold
Channels: LI
Flavors: sweet, bitter
Regulates: clears heat, resolves food stagnation

Actions / Indications:
  • Drains down to guide out stagnation (heat stagnation like acute or chronic constipation due to heat accumulation in intestines; also for ascites; cleansing the intestines prior to surgery)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: lactation and during menses)
  • (cc: weak patients)
  • (cc: overdose may cause abdominal pain, nausea, vomit)
  • (cooking: cook under 15 minutes)
  • Note: often in weight loss teas, may cause undesired diarrhea

    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Fan Xie Ye has laxative, antibiotic, and hemostatic effects.
  • Similar in laxative function to Da Huang, however Da Huang also clears toxic fire and disperses blood stagnation.