cascara sagrada

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cascara sagrada

cascara sagrada

Small Tree 15-30ft (5-10m.) Dried bark helps you go to the bathroom by stimulating natural rhythmic contractions of bowel (peristalsis) Tones and exercises the bowel muscle. In other words, it helps push stuff through you and gets it moving, while strengthening colon muscles. Intensely bitter flavor that will numb your taste buds and stay with you for hours. Bark must be dried for a year before using or else it’s too strong and you will be vomiting and spewing from both ends. Leaves shiny on top, dull below. Flowers have 5 greenish yellow petals. Fruit starts bright red at first, quickly maturing deep purple or black, and containing a yellow pulp, and two or three hard, smooth, olive-green or black seeds. Fruit can also be eaten raw or cooked with laxative effect. Found in moist areas. Do not use if you have Crohns, irritable bowel, colitis, hemorrhoids, appendicitis or kidney problems.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Cascara Sagrada


the bark of the North American spe-cies of the cascara buckthorn (Rhamnus purshiana). It is usedin dried form or in the form of a processed medicinal preparationas a mild laxative. Cascara sagrada is not used in medicine in theUSSR.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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