Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana)
Definition: One of nature's most gentle and effective laxatives, cascara sagrada stimulates a sluggish colon while exerting a tonifying effect. It is one of the most preferred herbal remedies for chronic constipation and is also good for the liver and gallbladder.
Applications: Congestion (general), constipation, colon disorders (sluggish colon etc), gallbladder disease, gallstones, gas, hemorrhoids, jaundice, kidney stone prevention, liver disorders, parasites and worms.
Scientific Updates: The aloe-emodin content of cascara has shown antileukemic properties. The anthraquinones have exhibited potent antibacterial properties against intestinal bacteria. The rhein content of cascara is used in Africa to expel worms. Cascara increases muscular activity in the large intestine. Cascara can prevent the occurrence of calcium based urinary stones.Cascara is perhaps the safest and most certain laxative available and can be used to restore tone to the colon and thereby overcome laxative dependency in the elderly. The herb is safe and effective for detoxification and cleansing programs.
Complementary Agents: Dandelion, black walnut, quassia, red clover, garlic, buckthorn, pumpkin seeds, marshmallow, slippery elm, culver root, acidophilus, vitamin A, B-complex, vitamin E and calcium/magnesium.