Simple Herbal Extracts | Cascara Sagrada


Cascara Sagrada

Botanical Name

Frangula purshiana

Part Used




Traditional Information*

Primarily used as a tonifying laxative. It contains the anthraquinones rhein and emodin, both of which are laxative and have anti-tumor activity. Like any stimulant laxative, regular use should be avoided, but occasional use for situational constipation or liver headaches with constipation is appropriate.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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