Cascara sagrada herb extract, benefits, health, effects, plant, supplements, side effects Cascara sagrada herb

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Even botanists and herbalists have a tough time distinguishing among the different species of this berry-bearing tree, so physicians and chemists don't have a chance. All the variants belong to the buckthorn family. Alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus) and common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) grow in Europe; cascara sagrada grows mostly in the Pacific Northwest, from the northern part of California north to British Columbia, but It's also been planted as far east as Maryland. All have essentially one therapeutic use: as a very strong laxative.

Cascara sagrada bark is the preferred plant medicine. Some experts say that It's milder than its buckthorn relatives and safer to use. Drying the bark and allowing it to age for a year or more also lessens its powerful purgative effect. The name, by the way, means "sacred bark"—an indication of the extent to which constipation plagued early Spanish explorers in America and a testament to the effectiveness of the natural remedy.

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