Cascara Sagrada {Rhamnus purshiana}

Cascara sagrada, known as “Sacred Bark” by Spanish Mexicans, is a gentle laxative that is oftentimes the main component of over the counter laxative medications. Cascara is often indicated for elderly and paediatric cases of constipation due to its gentle and tonifying qualities. Topically Cascara can be used for wounds.

Family Rhamnaceae

Habitat Native to the coniferous woodlands of the North American west coast.

Parts Used Stem bark, at least 6 months old

Associated Systems
Immune System, Digestive System

Purgative, laxative, the anthraquinones stimulate peristalsis in the large intestines, bitter stomachic (tonic).

Associated Actions
Digestive Bitter, Digestive Stomachic, Digestive Alterative, Digestive Cholegogue, Digestive Hepatic, Digestive Laxative

Chronic intestinal inflammatory diseases (empirical), Pregnancy and lactation (speculative);, menstruation (empirical), Acute diarrhea (empirical), Intestinal obstruction, Appendicitis and idiopathic abdominal pain

Warnings & Interactions:  {Safety Chart}

This monograph does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. It is always advisable to consult with your trusted Herbalist or healthcare professional prior to use. Click here to book your appointment.

. Find a complete list of references for this monograph and a review of its evidence based applications in “Naturopathic Botanical Medicine” by Dr. Anthony Godfrey, and Paul Richard Saunders with Kerry Barlow, Cindy Gilbert, Mathew Gowan and Fraser Smith


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