Buckthorn. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula)
The buckthorn is a plant that grows in moist forests and woodlands in Europe. Its bark, once harvested and dried, must be preserved at least one year for free anthrones disappear, present in the fresh plant and which cause irritation. After a year can be used.

Properties buckthorn
* One of the best laxatives for what is used for occasional constipation, bowel cleansing prior to surgery or radiologic studies.
* Buckthorn bark contains glucofranguilinas that increase the hydration of the stool and stimulate intestinal peristalsis estiumulante exerting a laxative.
* Use Cascara Sagrada similar to albeit with somewhat lower glycoside content.
* At high doses acts as a purgative.
* The colagoga buckthorn also has properties, ie their property to facilitate the secretion of bile.
* In topical cleaning and disinfection of wounds.
* Once treated constipation should retrain the bowel. For this you can choose a plant fiber as plantago, well known in the treatment of chronic constipation.

Contraindications to buckthorn
- No PLS USE dosage forms containing alcohol to children under two years or people with ethyl.
- Pregnancy, lactation, menstruation, bowel obstruction, peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, cystitis.
- Incompatible with cardiac treatments or alkalizing base: bicarbonate, magnesium salts.

Side effects of buckthorn
- In cases of gastoenteritis accompanied by cramps.

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

* As with any laxative is not recommended for prolonged use. Start with low dosages.
* The use of fresh plant, at higher doses or prolonged treatment or due to individual sensitivity to drugs, can cause gastrointestinal irritation, colic pains, vomiting and nausea.
* As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.
* Your abuse can cause a loss of electrolytes, especially potassium.
* For the treatment of chronic or habitual constipation, we recommend mechanical laxative use, and make the necessary changes in diet and habits, as well as enemas or bowel enemas.

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

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