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

an herbal product taken from the bark of a tree native to parts of the coast in the Pacific Northwest.
uses It is used for chronic constipation, hepatitis, and gallstones.
contraindications Generally regarded as safe for short-term use, it should not be used by those who are hypersensitive to this product, by women who are pregnant or lactating, or by children younger than age 2 until more research is available. Also, it is contraindicated where GI bleeding, obstruction, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, appendicitis, and Crohn's disease are present.

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.

cascara sagrada (kä·skäˑ·r säˑ·gr·d),

n Latin name:
Rhamnus purshiana; part used: bark (dried, aged); uses: laxative; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; patients with stomach bleeding, blockage, pain, nausea, appendicitis, and Crohn's disease; can cause nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, urine discoloration, hematuria, albuminuria, osteomalacia, and imbalances in vitamins, minerals, and fluids. Also called
Californian buckthorn, cascara, or
sacred bark.

cascara, cascara sagrada

dried bark of Rhamnus purshiana, used as an irritant cathartic.
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
A: Cascara sagrada is the aged bark of a tree that acts as a purgative in the intestines.
6 Cascara Sagrada or "Sacred Bark" (rhamnus purshiana)
The company's top-selling kosher products include: artichoke, bilberry, camu camu, cascara sagrada, chasteberry, gentian root, green bell pepper, mango, nettle leaf, quebracho and tamarind.