cascara sagrada


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cascara

 [kas-kar´ah] (Sp.)
bark.
cascara sagra´da dried bark of the shrub Rhamnus purshiana, used as a cathartic.

cas·car·a sa·gra·da

the dried bark of Rhamnus purshiana (family Rhamnaceae); used as a laxative.
Synonym(s): cascara

cascara sagrada

(sə-grä′də)
n.
The dried bark of the cascara buckthorn, having laxative properties. Its use in laxatives was banned in the United States in 2002.

cascara sagrada

Herbal medicine
A deciduous tree, the bark of which contains anthraquinone glycosides; it is a widely and long-used laxative. It is also used by herbalists as a gastric tonic.
 
Toxicity
Cascara should not be used in pregnant women.

cas·car·a sa·gra·da

(kas-kar'ă să-grā'dă)
An herbal remedy made from the bark of Rhamnus purshiana; a strong purgative laxative.
Synonym(s): sacred bark.

cascara sagrada

The ‘sacred bark’ of the cascara buckthorn tree Rhamnus purshiana formerly popular as a strong laxative, but now seldom recommended.
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Si el farmaco prescrito es un diuretico, entonces procure no combinarlo con regaliz, savila, cascara sagrada o sen, ya que estas plantas, al igual que los diureticos, reducen los niveles de potasio y la suma de efectos podria ocasionarle trastornos serios.
Herbs such as aloe (Aloe barbadensis/capensis), buckthorn bark and berry (Frangulae cortex/ Rhamni cathartici fructus), cascara sagrada bark (Rhamni purshianae cortex), rhubarb root (Rhei radix), and senna leaf and pod (Sennae folium/fructus) may cause electrolyte imbalance and, therefore, may be particularly serious in patients with renal impairment.
The OTC monographs, which are being finalized now, incorporated hundreds of drugs and some medicinal herbs, including the active ingredients in many OTC laxatives (senna, psyllium seed, and cascara sagrada) and a few decongestants (peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil).
The word cascara means bark and cascara sagrada is Spanish for holy bark, so named because the Jesuit priests of California were some of the earliest people in the United States to recognize its value for use in medicines.
Green Coffee Bean Extract Cleanse, also containing 100% pure extract, was developed to support overall body cleansing with ingredients such as cape aloe, senna leaf and Cascara sagrada.
Rhubarb has a stronger action, which unlike Senna or Cascara Sagrada, can be used in small doses for a gender action.