What does fact checked mean?
At Healthfully, we strive to deliver objective content that is accurate and up-to-date. Our team periodically reviews articles in order to ensure content quality. The sources cited below consist of evidence from peer-reviewed journals, prominent medical organizations, academic associations, and government data.
The information contained on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a professional health care provider. Please check with the appropriate physician regarding health questions and concerns. Although we strive to deliver accurate and up-to-date information, no guarantee to that effect is made.
Diamond Laboratories Inc manufactures Kankunis slimming tea, which is marketed as a natural digestive aid to lose unwanted fat and relieve constipation, the manufacturer says. It contains three ingredients: senna, shiu sen tea and malvae. Although the tea may comprise natural ingredients, it is not without its risks and side effects.
Nausea and Vomiting
Senna is a stimulant laxative that can cause nausea and vomiting. This ingredient is present in several over-the-counter laxatives and may cause yellow-brown urine as well, according to Pub Med. The nausea and vomiting is due to the effect on intestinal mucosa in which the water and electrolyte secretion is altered, Drugs.com says 1. This may be too strong and cause discomfort and regurgitation of the tea.
- Senna is a stimulant laxative that can cause nausea and vomiting.
- This ingredient is present in several over-the-counter laxatives and may cause yellow-brown urine as well, according to Pub Med.
Stomach Cramps and Diarrhea
Ballerina Tea & Weight Loss
The manufacturer says the ingredient senna is an Indian herb used as a laxative for many centuries. Although it does have a long-standing use as a digestive aid, the stimulant laxative is known to cause stomach cramps and diarrhea, according to Bill Church in his book “Medicinal Plants.” Church says that although the mixture of shiu sen tea and senna may help to reduce the potential of irritation, you may want to add grated ginger to prevent cramping 2. Malvae, a combination of about 25 to 30 herbs and plants, stimulates and lubricates the intestines, which can cause:
- Max Wichtl says in the book “Herbal Drugs
If Kankunis tea is persistently used, the presence of senna may cause colon damage due to a laxative dependency. PubMed defines this as bowel movement difficulty in the absence of a laxative resulting in colon complications. Additionally, frequent diarrhea can also irritate the colon, cause dehydration and deplete minerals necessary for your health. The manufacturer warns that excessive use of the tea can cause an imbalance in electrolytes and fluid.
- If Kankunis tea is persistently used, the presence of senna may cause colon damage due to a laxative dependency.
Ballerina Tea & Weight Loss
Side Effects of Drinking Senna Pod Tea
Essiac Tea Side Effects
Bekunis Tea Side Effects
The Side Effects of Colon Clenz
Facts About Kankunis Slimming Tea
Ballerina Tea Side Effects
Buckthorn Bark Health Benefits
Stool Softener Side Effects
The Side Effects of Swiss Kriss Herbal Laxative
- Drugs.com: Senna
- “Medicinal Plants”; Bill Church; 2006
- “Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals”; Max Wichtl; 2004
- Guarize L, Costa JC, Dutra LB, Mendes RF, Lima IV, Scio E. Anti-inflammatory, laxative and intestinal motility effects of Senna macranthera leaves. Nat Prod Res. 2012;26(4):331-43. doi:10.1080/14786411003754264
- Liu LW. Chronic constipation: current treatment options. Can J Gastroenterol. 2011;25 Suppl B(Suppl B):22B-28B.
- Ziegenhagen D, Zehnter E, Tacke W, Kruis W. Addition of senna improves colonoscopy preparation with lavage: a prospective randomized trial. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 1991;37(5):547-549. doi:10.1016/s0016-5107(91)70826-2
- Vilanova-sanchez A, Gasior AC, Toocheck N, et al. Are senna based laxatives safe when used as long term treatment for constipation in children?. J Pediatr Surg. 2018;53(4):722-727. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2018.01.002
- Vanderperren B, Rizzo M, Angenot L, Haufroid V, Jadoul M, Hantson P. Acute liver failure with renal impairment related to the abuse of senna anthraquinone glycosides. Ann Pharmacother. 2005;39(7-8):1353-7. doi:10.1345/aph.1E670
- Acs N, Bánhidy F, Puhó EH, Czeizel AE. Senna treatment in pregnant women and congenital abnormalities in their offspring--a population-based case-control study. Reprod Toxicol. 2009;28(1):100-4. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2009.02.005
Skyler White is an avid writer and anthropologist who has written for numerous publications. As a writing professional since 2005, White's areas of interests include lifestyle, business, medicine, forensics, animals and green living. She has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from San Francisco State University and a Master of Science in forensic science from Pace University.