Cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana) has been used for centuries for its laxative effect. The herb must be aged before use or it may result in gastrointestinal irritation, spasming and nausea.
This stimulating laxative effect of cascara sagrada herb works by inducing peristalsis, muscular contraction of the intestine. It also stimulates the stomach, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. Stimulating all these organs of the digestive system helps with elimination. Due to it increasing bile production and this herb has been used for prevention of gallstones. It has also been used traditionally for the liver.
Cascara sagrada supplements are useful for flatulence, bloating, constipation and symptoms associated with poor bowel elimination. It can also be useful in relieving pressure in hemorrhoids and anal fissures that can be exacerbated by constipation.
Care must be taken with using cascara herb as it can weaken the body’s natural ability to eliminate and therefore cause dependency. Increase fibre in your diet to help keep regular and reduce the need for Cascara. Start with a low dose and increase only if needed, drink plenty of water with each dose. Can be used as a tea or as a supplements, in tea combine with fennel or anise to improve flavour and further aid the digestive system.
Do not use this herb with laxative medication or warfarin. Do not use if there are gastrointestinal conditions such as colitis or ulcers. Not recommended for use in children or during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Take at least 2 hours away from other medications. Do not use long term (more than 30 days) without a break.
Where to buy cascara? Buy from Mr Vitamins online or in store.
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