Cascara sagrada is a deciduous of the American Northwest, ranging from northern California to the Alaska panhandle in moist forests below 5,000 feet (1,500 m). It is also found in the Rockies of Idaho and Montana.It continues to be one of the most popular laxative ingredients today and is used in many over-the-counter formulations. It is a powder made from the aged bark of the Rhamnus purshiana tree. It is a mild laxative. It acts principally on the large intestine and empties the rectum, producing no inflammation. It is suitable for delicate and elderly persons, and is a good laxative in haemorrhoidal conditions; small repeated doses are preferred in habitual constipation. It is administered in the form of liquid extract of cascara in a mixture combined with glycerin, or alkalies, especially aromatic spirit of ammonia; mixtures with mineral acids and salts are often unpresentable in appearance.
Here are some of the uses: -Effective treatment for chronic constipation and symptoms relating to constipation. -Not habit forming and helps cleanse and restore natural tone of your colon. -Helps to relieve problems with hemorrhoids and anal fissures through forming softer bowel movements. -It helps to increase secretions from your liver and pancreas, which stimulates your gallbladder and increases overall health of your digestive system.