Cascara sagrada. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana)
This medicinal plant belongs to the family of rhamnáceas, plants with laxative active ingredients.

Properties Cascara sagrada


* Ideal for the treatment of occasional constipation (changes in eating habits, travel, emotional disorders, medicines, etc.)..
* It is best known natural laxative. It is indicated specifically in occasional constipation, hepatobiliary dyskinesia.
* Clean or intestinal examinations prior to surgery.
* Acts as a highly efficient intestinal reeducator, rarely causing irritating effects.
* No suule cause abdominal pain or cramping.

Contraindications to Cascara sagrada
* Do not use in children under 12 years and adults over 8 days.
* Chronic constipation: laxatives cathartic when used routinely as a factor perpetuator of constipation.
* Intestinal obstruction.
* Pregnancy (by the oxytocic effect of anthracene derivatives), breastfeeding (to pass into breast milk can cause diarrhea in infants).
* Menstruation, intestinal or uterine inflammatory conditions, cystitis.
* Do not prescribe dosage forms containing alcohol to persons with ethyl problems.

Side Effects of Cascara sagrada
Excessive doses or use in people with greater sensitivity to their active ingredients can cause intestinal cramping and vomiting.

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3
* You should use the aged bark (at least one year).
* Prolonged use can lead to destruction of the intramural nerve plexus of the colon, causing the so-called cathartic colon: an atonic bowel and devoid of haustral, tubular appearance similar to ulcerative colitis of long duration.
* For the treatment of chronic or habitual constipation, it is advisable to use laxatives mechanical, more physiological action, and without the side effects of irritating laxatives.
* As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.

(0 = none, 1 = somewhat toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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