Information on Cascara Sagrada

Latin NameRhamnus purshiana
Other NamesSacred bark
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsCapsules, tinctures, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Liver
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy. Not for long-term use (more than two weeks) without the advice of an experienced herbalist. Contraindicated in intestinal obstruction, abdominal pain, and inflammatory conditions of the intestines. If symptoms persist, or if the ca
Botanical InfoLarge shrub to small tree with yellowish-green oval leaves and red stems. The purple-black bitter sweet berries are also laxative. Keeps birds regular.
DescriptionCascara sagrada is an excellent laxative, which moistens and helps re-educate bowels that are atonic and not working properly. It is also used for hemorrhoids and jaundice, and it increases the liver's ability to produce bile. Its bitter and slightly sweet nature makes cascara a stimulating tonic. Another side of cascara is its bitter and cool nature which is useful for relieving "damp heat," a condition that predisposes to infections of the abdominal and pelvic area like bladder infections, bowel infections, and vaginal infections. Cascara tea may be applied as a wash for lice or scabies.
The indicated dose is for mild cases of constipation or other conditions. For stubborn cases, use the indicated dose morning and evening.

Cascara Sagrada has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup before bedtime
Tincture1/2 teaspoon before bedtime
Capsules4-6 capsules before bedtime

Ailments Treated by Cascara Sagrada

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Constipationlaxativetincture, capsule, tea
Intestinal obstructionmild stimulant laxativecapsules, tablets, tincture
Tympanites, generalstimulant laxativecapsule, tablet, tincture

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