The native Americans used this for hundreds of years as a laxative.
Cascara Sagrada was accepted in medical
practice in the United States in 1877.
The bark should be dried for at least one year
before using. Fresh cut, causes vomiting and
However, in 2002 The FDA has issued a ban in
the use of Cascara Sagrada as a laxative
ingredient in over the counter drug products. Use
of Cascara Sagrada has been associated with
abdominal pain and diarrhea; it is potentially
Cascara Sagrada has also been associated with
the development of chronic hepatitis. Short term
use may cause a terrific gripping effect on the
intestinal system, intestinal distress, including
inflammation of the colon, nausea and vomiting
and chronic or dangerously severe diarrhea.
Nursing mothers who use this will pass the
laxative effect to their infants. The strain on the
intestines and forced diarrhea could kill the infant.
Pregnant women can go into labor using Cascara
Long term use can lead to disorders of heart and
Cascara Sagrada acts unfavorably with
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