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Cascara Sagrada Herb

Cascara sagrada is Spanish for “sacred bark” and was used for centuries by Native Americans as a laxative and it may also help to relieve constipation. It is also used in some sunscreens and as a flavouring agent.

 

Cascara became accepted in western medical practice in the 19th century and is still used in over-the-counter laxative preparations, often in combination with other herbals such as Aloe Vera. 

 

The active laxative components in cascara are anthraquinone derivatives and their glucosides, referred to as cascarosides. 

 

They appear to act locally as an irritant to the colon promoting peristalsis and stool evacuation. 

 

Cascara is also used as a treatment for gallstones, liver ailments, and cancer. Some people use it as a “bitter tonic.”

 

In foods and beverages, a bitterness extract of cascara is sometimes used as a flavouring agent.

 

Cascara sagrada cleanses the body internally and prevents hair and scalp problems like flaky scalp, dandruff and lice.

 

Hair products made from cascara sagrada are popular for their medicinal value and are used to treat many hair problems.

 

Those facing hair fall problems can also take cascara sagrada oral supplement to prevent blockages of pores on the scalp that cause hair fall.

 

The herb has shown success in soothing the nerves and aiding sound sleep for those suffering from insomnia.

 

Never ingest fresh cascara bark, which is extremely irritating and can cause severe vomiting.

 

The bark must be stored for a year or more and be specially treated before it’s safe to use.

 

Avoid cascara sagrada if you have an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, or if your doctor has diagnosed an intestinal obstruction of any kind.

 

Cascara sagrada is not recommended for use in children younger than 18 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.

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