December 07, 2022

Cascara Sagrada 1:2 (Rhamnus Purshiana)


Casara Sagrada is useful as a strong laxative


2-5 mls per day, 15-40 mls per week

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Key Indications:

  • Constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal fullness
  • Dyspepsia
  • Stimulating gastric secretion, loss of appetite, asthenia, postprandial bloating, coated tongue, itching of skin
  • Headache resulting from constipation or intestinal weakness
  • Haemorrhoids and anal fissure (to soften stool)
  • Gastrointestinal conditions with hepatic involvement

Major Safety Issues:

Contraindicated in intestinal obstruction or intestinal inflammation – such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and appendicitis. Don’t use if there is abdominal pain of unknown origin.

Children under the age of 12 years should not use this herb.

Contraindicated in pregnancy

Long term use is not recommended. No longer than 2 weeks. Using longer can cause intestinal sluggishness. Only use if no benefit can be obtained through change of diet or use of bulk-forming products.

Excessive use can cause disturbance of electrolyte and fluid balance. Potassium