Supplement Forms/Alternate Names
- Rhamnus purshiana ; Sacred Bark; Frangula purshiana ; Chitum; Californian Buckthorn; Bitter Bark; Buckthorn; Chittem Bark; Dogwood Bark; Purshiana Bark; Rhamni Purshianae Cortex; Sagrada Bark; Yellow Bark
Principal Proposed Uses
Cascara sagrada is available as an over-the-counter laxative in the forms of tablets, capsules, and liquids.
The recommend dose of cut or powdered aged bark is 1-2 grams per day (containing 20-30 milligrams of cascaroside A). However, since few people consume the raw bark, dosages vary considerably depending on the product containing cascara sagrada. Therefore, it is best to check the product label for the appropriate dosage.
Make sure to read the label if you are considering the laxative for a child, as there may be instructions specific to children. Cascara should not be used by children under 12 unless specifically recommended by their physician.
Cascara sagrada is most often used to treat constipation.
Interactions You Should Know About
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -