3 Ballerina Tea is not made from actual tea leaves. This particular herbal diet tea has only two ingredients: malva verticillata and cassia angustifolia, known respectively as Chinese mallow and senna. Neither herb contains caffeine or ephedrines, but they are both powerful laxatives and diuretics. Be sure to discuss this with your physician before using. Follow the directions on the box and monitor your physical reactions, because overuse, or use by people with sensitive systems, can cause problems.
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Herbal teas do not agree with everyone. Both Chinese mallow and senna are fairly powerful laxatives and diuretics, and your system may react strongly to them. The reviewers at DietSpotlight.com caution that some users have experienced nausea after drinking 3 Ballerina Tea.
Laxatives such as Chinese mallow and senna lubricate the mucous membranes of the bowel, encouraging elimination. This can be beneficial if you are constipated. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, prolonged use of laxatives can cause dependence, making it impossible for your bowels to work properly without help.
Both senna and Chinese mallow act as diuretics, which means that they encourage you to urinate. This can result in an initial loss of water weight, but if you do not make sure that your fluid intake stays high enough, dehydration can occur. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Prolonged use or abuse of any diuretics without medical supervision can lead to dehydration, which can cause kidney damage and an imbalance in normal levels of electrolytes like sodium and potassium, which are vital to heart, kidney and liver function. When electrolytes are out of balance, you're at high risk for heart failure and sudden death.” Make sure you drink a minimum of 64 oz. of water per day while using 3 Ballerina Tea.