Cascara Sagrada Herb -Benefits, Uses And Side Effects
Scientific name: Rhamnus purshiana
Actions: Alterative, anti-bilious, antidiabetic, bitter tonic, cathartic, emetic, febrifuge, hepatic, laxative, nervine, peristaltic strengthener, purgative, stomachic
Cascara sagrada, Spanish for "sacred bark," comes from the American buckthorn tree native to the western coast of North America, from California to British Columbia, and as far inland as Montana. The Spanish priests of California may have learned about it from the Indians.
Cascara sagrada is a 20-foot tree with reddish brown bark and thin serrated leaves. Umbels of small flowers appear in late spring, followed by poisonous black berries.
Only the dried form of cascara should be used. Capsules providing 20-30 mg of cascarosides per day can be used. However, the smallest amount necessary to maintain soft stool should be used. As a tincture, 1/4-1 teaspoon (1-5 ml) per day is generally taken. It is important to drink eight 6-ounce (180 ml) glasses of water throughout the day while using cascara. Cascara should be taken consecutively for no longer than eight to ten days.
Uses and benefits of Cascara Sagrada
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