Cascara is an official herb in many countries for relieving chronic constipation.
- Basic Botanical Info of Cascara sagrada.
- Description of the herb cascara sagrada.
- Rhamnus Purshiana:Botanical Source and History.
- Phytochemical and Compositions:Cascara sagrada.
- Traditional Use of Cascara Sagrada.
- Current Status of Cascara Sagrada.
- Cascara sagrada Therapeutic uses and health benefit.
- Administration and Suggestions:Cascara sagrada.
- Related Species and Pharmaceutical Preparations:Cascara sagrada.
- Research Update:Cascara Sagrada.
Applications and Properties:
Constipation.Chronic constipation.Habitual constipation.
Official Latin Name: Rhamnus purshiana,Cascara Sagrada is an herb used for centuries for its natural cleansing properties. It is one of the world's most popular supplements for encouraging healthy elimination safely and naturally. This extremely bitter herb stimulates digestive secretions. Plus, Cascara Sagrada nourishes the sensitive tissues of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In veterinary practice, Cascara Sagrada is also much used and is probably the best mild purgative remedy for dogs with chronic constipation, as the dose does not require to be increased by repetition and the tone of the bowels is improved by the drug.
Dosage:Fluid extract BP:6 drops-1 dram (3.6 ml) Powder extract :2 -10 grains.Cascara Sagrada powdered bark is listed as between 0.10 and 8.0 grams in the literature. For constipation and related discomforts such as hemorrhoids: 1 teaspoon of liquid extract three times a day or 1 or 2 teaspoons at bedtime; or 1 or 2 capsules of dried bark at bedtime.
Safety and Toxicity:
Individuals who have unexplained abdominal or stomach pain may have conditions that could be worsened by Rhamnus purshiana. Its use should be avoided by individuals with such pain.The use of cascara is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation as well as in cases of intestinal obstruction.
Large doses can cause extensive diarrhea accompanied by nausea, vomiting and cramping. The cascarosides are "generally considered to be safe drugs with a minimum of side effects..." Toxicity appears to be an issue in excessively large doses which may cause irritation.
- 1.Cascara is an official herb in many countries for relieving chronic constipation.
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