According to Everyday Vitamin, the two main ingredients in 3 Ballerina Tea are senna and Chinese mallow, two herbs which are both laxatives. Consumption of either herb causes bowel movements and fluid loss through increased urination. Initial weight loss from drinking 3 Ballerina Tea is water loss, with continued weight loss possible for individuals with bowel movement regularity issues. 3 Ballerina Tea works by clearing out the gastrointestinal tract, thereby speeding up digestion and elimination.
According to Drugs.com, senna contains sennosides that cause irritation of the bowel, resulting in a laxative effect. Because senna is known to produce a bowel movement 6 to 12 hours after ingestion, taking it at bedtime is recommended. Senna can cause dehydration, severe diarrhea, stomach cramping, liver damage, joint pain and laxative dependency. Drugs.com recommends that individuals interested in taking senna as a supplement consult their doctor especially if they have ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, heart disease, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, or are pregnant.
Chinese mallow is both a laxative and diuretic. This herb is useful in cases of constipation and fluid retention and has been used to treat kidney disorders and start the flow of breast milk, according to WebMD. Chinese mallow may lower blood sugar and should be used with caution by those with diabetes or recovering from surgery.