Cascara Sagrada

Scientific Name: Rhamnus purshiana

Cascara Sagrada Information

Cascara, also known as Cascara Sagrada, Rhamni Purshianae cortex and Rhamnus, is native to the forests of the North American Pacific Coast, ranging from northern California to British Columbia and almost to the Alaska panhandle. Cascara bark is now listed as a laxative in the pharmacopoeias of over 17 different countries around the world. The bark is primarily used for constipation and for conditions that require a softened stool such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and after rectal-anal surgery. Cascara bark acts as a mild laxative that works by preventing electrolytes and water from being absorbed in the large intestine; the excess liquid softens the stool and promotes bowel contractions. Both the German and British Pharmacopoeias recommend Cascara bark for constipation and for all disorders in which defecation with a soft stool is desired, e.g. anal fissures, hemorrhoids and after rectal operations. The active glycosides are hydrolyzed in the gut into their aglycones at least in part by the action of bacterial enzymes; by influencing the water and electrolyte transport in the colon, these aglycones are responsible for the laxative action.

Cascara Sagrada Benefits

  • Stimulated the secretions of entire digestive system
  • Useful for colitis, hemorrhoids, liver failure, and jaundice
  • Recommended herb for constipation
  • Mild laxative - softens stools and promotes bowel contractions.

Cascara Sagrada Nutrient Content

Anthraquinone glycosides, bitter principle, tannins, and resin

Cascara Sagrada Notes

One of the safest tonic-laxative herbs known and can be used on a daily basis for chronic constipation, if needed. Only bark that has been dried and aged for at least one year should be used.

Cascara Sagrada Products

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  Nature's Herbs : Cascara Sagrada 
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  Natures Way : Cascara Sagrada Bark 
 100 caps, 425 mg  $8.49   $4.95   More info 
  Nature's Answer : Cascara Sagrada Extract 
 3 oz  $10.65   $6.95   More info 

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