Used for its mild laxative properties. The bitter bark can be made into an extract or drunk as cascara sagrada tea.
Contraindicated in pregnancy. 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.
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. May cause unfavourable interactions with other medications. Excessive use can cause disturbance of electrolyte and fluid balance. Potassium deficiency.
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