Prophet’s (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) Guidance on treating Constipation.

روى الترمذىُّفىجامعهوابن ماجه فىسننهمن حديث أسماء بنت عُمَيْسٍ، قالت: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: بماذا كُنتِ تَسْتَمْشِينَ؟ قالت: بالشُّبْرُم، قال: حَارٌ جَارٌ. قالت: ثم استمشيْتُ بالسَّنا، فقال: لو كان شىءٌ يَشْفِى من الموتِ لكانَ السَّنا“.


Tirmizi and Ibn Majah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) asked Asma Bint Umais Radhiallahu Anha, “How do you deal with constipation? She said, by using Shubrum (Euphorbia). Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, it is hot and a strong laxative, she then said, in addition I use Senna and the Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied, if there is a cure that prevents death, it would be Senna “.


وفى سنن ابن ماجهعن إبراهيم بن أبى عَبلة، قال: سمعتُ عبد الله ابن أُم حرام، وكان قد صلَّى مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم القبْلتين يقول: سمعتُ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: عليكم السَّنا والسَّنُوت، فإنَّ فيهما شفاءً مِنْ كلِّ داءٍ إلا السَّامَ، قيل: يا رسول الله؛ وما السَّامُ ؟ قال: الموتُ

Furthermore, Ibn Majah narrated that Abdullah bin Umm Haram said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) saying: “Use Senna and Sanoot, because they cure every disease except Saam”. He was asked, “What is Saam?” He said, “Death”.

Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) asked the woman about what she uses to treat constipation, meaning what cure she uses to help soften the stool, so that the body is able to get rid of its harmful waste.

Senna is a plant that grows in HIJAZ (Western Arabia) and the best kind of it grows in Makkah, Senna is hot and dry in the first degree, and it is a good, mild medication that does not cause any side effects.

Senna helps against bile and black bile ailments and strengthens the heart. Senna is useful against melancholic obsession and corporal incisions, relaxes the muscles and improves the hair. It helps against lice, headache, mange, pustules, rashes, and epilepsy.

Al-Razi said, Senna and fumitory help extract mature humors (bodily wastes) and helps against leprosy and rashes.