A selective neuromuscular stimulant of the colon, restoring normal rhythmic motility.
The physiological action of the natural anthrone glycosides in Senokot is virtually colon-specific. The active glycosides are protected by a natural sugar moiety which safeguards their transport to the large bowel, where bacterial action breaks the sugar-anthrone bond and releases the active fraction. Peristalsis is then stimulated via the submucosal and myenteric nerve plexuses.
Being colon-specific, Senokot does not affect the vital nutritional functions of the upper gastrointestinal tract.