Cascara sagrada is a shrub in the buckthorn family. The dried bark is used to make medicine. Cascara sagrada is a natural laxative made from the reddish-brown bark of a tree (Rhamnus purshiana) native to the Pacific Northwest. In recent times, numerous over-the-counter laxatives feature cascara sagrada as a key ingredient. Because it’s so mild, the herb is frequently combined with stronger laxatives, such as aloe vera latex. To work properly, the bark must be carefully prepared, cured for at least one year or heated and dried to speed up the aging process. In addition to being a powerful laxative, cascara is also believed to improve the muscle tone of the colon walls. Cascara can be found in various forms: capsules, liquid extracts, and dried bark.
For chronic constipation, there is no better choice than cascara sagrada. It is one of the oldest and most reliable remedies for this condition and it is not addictive. To treat chronic constipation with cascara sagrada, put four teaspoons of bark in a one quart jar. Fill to the top with boiling water and let sit for at least one hour. Drink up to two cups per day on an empty stomach until the constipation is eliminated. Cascara sagrada bark is a bitter, astringent, cooling herb that is used as a tonic for the liver and the digestive system.
Cascara possesses purgative, toxic, therapeutic, and tonic activity. There are a numerous benefits to cleansing the colon, and cascara sagrada plays a key role in the cleansing process. It is widely believed, in the medical field that the build up of toxic materials in the colon can contribute to illness. The cleansing rids the colon of toxic waste and the toning helps to prevent against future build-up. Your colon is dependent upon this type of cleansing maintenance in order to for you to have proper elimination.
If taken in excess cascara sagrada causes diarrhoea and vomiting. Stimulant laxatives should not be used for long periods, and should be contained to one week maximum, and only be used after a change of diet (with higher bulk contents) was found to be ineffective.