Cascara is used primarily as a laxative when constipation exists.
Its bark contains anthraquinone compounds that work on the mucosal lining of the intestine. It stimulates the mucosal lining of the colon, producing an active secretion of electrolytes and water. Thus, the bowel contents increases, putting dilatation pressure on the colon, which in turn stimulates movement of the feces.
Aside from being a mild laxative, other traditional health benefits included treatment of jaundice, hemorrhoids, liver problems and digestive ailments.
Botanical Name: Rhamnus purshiana
Actions: Laxative, cathartic, tonic
Status: Wild crafted
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