Austin, TX—K. Patel Phyto Extractions Pvt. Ltd. has adopted senna through the American Botanical Council’s (ABC) Adopt-an-Herb program,according to a press release.The program benefits ABC’s HerbMedPro database, which provides access to scientific and clinical research data on the uses and health effects of more than 265 herbs, spices, medicinal plants, and medicinal fungi.

Senna is a drought-tolerant shrub with small yellow flowers and compound leaves that form sharp edges, which, the press release says, likely explains the plant’s name, which comes from the Arabicsanaa, or “thorny bush.” Ninth-century Arabian physician Serapion the Elder is thought to be one of the first to recommend it as a medicine.

Senna, the release says, has been used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat constipation and digestive disorders; it is still primarily used for its laxative properties.

Viraj Patel, director of business development for K. Patel, said in the release: “Through the Adopt-an-Herb initiative we are proud to be a part of maintaining the database about senna and contribute to sharing information and knowledge about senna.”

Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC, said in the release: “ABC is deeply grateful for the adoption of senna by K. Patel Phyto Extractions. Senna is an ancient and classical herbal drug, the medicinal properties of which have been recognized for millennia, including in official pharmacopeial monographs. The K. Patel adoption of senna on ABC’s powerful HerbMedPro database will ensure that new scientific and clinical research on this classic medicinal plant will be more available to researchers, health professionals, industry members, and other stakeholders in the international medicinal plant community.”