Native to the Pacific Northwest regions of the United States and Canada, the bark of the cascara sagrada tree has been used as an herbal laxative for centuries. Early Spanish explorers observed Native Americans’ use of the herb and called it “sacred bark.” The bark was steeped to make a tea for alleviating constipation. In the 1890s, the US Pharmacopeia recognized the medicinal uses of cascara sagrada, mainly as a natural laxative.
Each pure gelatin capsule contains 425 mg. of ground cascara sagrada bark, and nothing else.
The active component in cascara sagrada, is called anthraquinone. This compound induces peristalsis, the muscle contractions in the large intestine that encourage bowel movements. These contractions help to tone the relaxed muscles lining the intestine. Although it is used primarily to alleviate constipation, cascara sagrada can benefit such conditions as colitis (inflammation of the colon), upset stomach, hemorrhoids, jaundice and liver problems. The presence of cascara sagrada also may help to increase bile secretion from the gallbladder, and this helps to break up or prevent gallstones.
Dr. Hulda Clark recommended cascara sagrada to encourage bowel movements for constipation.
Dr. Clark’s intensive testing protocols ensure that each herb and ingredient is absolutely pure and free of additives.