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Butternut root bark (Juglans cinera)*

Butternut is a mild laxative, cholagogue and vermifuge. It has traditionally been used for constipation, pin worms and skin problems associated with constipation.

Buckthorn bark (aged) (Rhamnus cathartica)*

A moderate acting stimulant laxative, aged buckthorn is considered less likely to cause bowel dependence than senna. It contains rhein and aloe-emodin which have strong anti-tumor activity and may reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)*

A classic Eclectic remedy, Culver’s Root (formerly known as Leptandra) is used for deficient bile secretion with hard, clay colored stools and constipation. Other “Leptandra” symptoms include a bitter taste in the mouth, a furred tongue, frontal headache and a feeling of fullness in the liver region.

Dandelion fresh root (Taraxacum officinale)*

An excellent bitter tonic that stimulates hydrochloric acid (HCl) and bile secretion as well as pancreatic and small intestine enzymes.  It is indicated for chronic constipation due to poor digestion—poor fat metabolism and sluggish liver function. A rich source of inulin and fructoligerosaccharides (FOS), Dandelion root stimulates the growth of healthy bowel flora.

Ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale)*

Ginger is a very versatile herb acting as a carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, expectorant and diaphoretic. Ginger improves appetite and relieves digestive disturbances such as gas, borborygmus and nausea. It is useful as well for cold and flu symptoms and cold/damp coughs. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and circulatory stimulant properties make it helpful for osteoarthritis.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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