Cascara is part of the Rhamnaceae family. It has two scientific names, Frangula purshiana and Rhamnus purshiana. Cascara is commonly known as Cascara sagrada, Bitter bark, Buckthorn, Dogwood bark, Sacred bark, Yellow bark, and Sagrada bark. The dried bark of Cascara is used for medicinal purposes. The plant can be found in the western part of North America. The active constituents of Cascara are the anthraglycosides cascarosides A and B.
Cascara is used orally to treat constipation, as a laxative, for gallstone, liver ailments, hemorrhoids, and as a bitter tonic. It may be used in food and beverages as a flavoring agent.
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Cautions Orally, may cause mild abdominal discomfort, colic, and cramps.