Say good-bye to constipation and get moving with cascara! Cascara is the world’s most popular laxative. It contains components that stimulate intestinal contractions, thus promoting bowel movement. It is an excellent remedy for short-term relief of occasional constipation.
Each ml contains 250 mg of wildcrafted cascara sagrada aged bark (Frangula purshiana). It is a 1:4 bark extract in a non-medicinal base of 40% gluten-free grain alcohol and purified water, with organically grown cinnamon bark as a natural flavour enhancer.
Cascara sagrada is used in Herbal Medicine for short-term relief of occasional constipation.
Cascara is a gentle laxative that should be taken a few hours before or after taking other medications or health products. You should allow at least 6-12 hours for its laxative effect to occur.
For best results, take cascara at bedtime on an empty stomach, which means at least 1 hour after your last meal.
Adults 18 and over: Take 2 ml at bedtime, 2-3 times in the first week. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications or health products. Allow at least 6-12 hours for a laxative effect to occur. If results are not observed, increase frequency to a maximum of 2 ml every night at bedtime. Consult a healthcare practitioner for use beyond 1 week. To dispense, fill the dropper half way, which gives you 1 ml.
For best absorption, squirt the tincture under your tongue and hold it there for a few seconds, then swallow. If you want to remove the alcohol, add the dosage to a half cup of boiled water. The alcohol will evaporate off. Let it cool, and add honey or a splash of juice to make a yummy drink that will relieve you of the discomfort of constipation!
Caution: Do not use cascara sagrada if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Because cascara works by acting directly on the large intestine, you must not use this herb if you have any sort of bowel disorder, including: abnormal constrictions of the gastrointestinal tract, potential or existing intestinal blockage, atonic bowel, appendicitis, inflammatory colon disease such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, abdominal pain of unknown origin, undiagnosed rectal bleeding, severe dehydration with depleted electrolytes, or diarrhoea. Please talk to your healthcare practitioner before using cascara if you are taking any of the following medications or natural health products: thiazide diuretics, corticosteroids, licorice root or any other products that may aggravate electrolyte imbalance, or cardiac medications such as cardiac glycosides or antiarrhythmic medications. Also talk to your healthcare practitioner before using this herb if you have a kidney disorder, faecal impaction or symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or fever. Reduce your dose or discontinue use if you experience abdominal pain, cramps, spasms or diarrhoea. Allergic reaction to cascara has been known to occur - if this happens, please discontinue use. And always talk to your healthcare practitioner if your symptoms hang on or get worse!