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Native to the Pacific Northwest regions of the United States and Canada, the bark of the cascara sagrada tree has been used as an herbal laxative for centuries. Early Spanish explorers called it “sacred bark” (English translation of cascara sagrada), after observing how Native Americans used this herb in folk medicine applications. The bark was steeped to make a tea used to alleviate constipation. In the 1890s the US Pharmacopeia recognized cascara sagrada’s medicinal uses, mainly as a natural laxative.*
The active component in cascara sagrada, anthraquinone, induces peristalsis, the muscle contractions in the large intestine that encourage bowel movements. These contractions help to tone the relaxed muscles lining the intestine. Although it is used primarily to alleviate constipation, cascara sagrada may benefit colitis (inflammation of the colon), upset stomach, hemorrhoids, jaundice, and liver problems. The presence of cascara sagrada encourages increased bile secretion from the gallbladder, which helps to break up and prevent gallstones.*
As with any dietary or herbal supplement, you should advise your health care practitioner of the use of this product. If you have ulcers, gallstones or are nursing, pregnant, or considering pregnancy, you should consult your health care provider prior to taking this product. The use of this supplement is not intended to treat any disease, and does not claim to cure or prevent any disease.
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Cascara Sagrada (rhamnus purshiana) Bark, Gelatin (Bovine) Capsules
For adults 18 or more years of age, take 1 capsule once a day at bedtime with a full glass of water. Take more if needed, in accordance with your own research and advice from healthcare professional. Only give to children 2 to 11 years of age upon consulting with a healthcare professional.
Store at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children.