It is a mild laxative, unlike other laxatives it does not destroy the intestinal flora, nor does it eliminate bacilli present in the gastro-intestinal tract, it increases gallbladder secretions, ideal for gallbladder stones.
- Treat constipation in the short term
- Stimulates appetite
- Causes a smooth and regular increase in peristaltic bowel movements
- It facilitates the expulsion of the bile retained in the gallbladder, thus reducing the absorption of fats at the intestinal level
Take one capsule at night from 12 years of age.
It is important to consult your doctor or pharmacist before using it.
Cascara sagrada is a medicinal plant widely used to treat constipation, being considered a natural laxative. Its scientific name is Rhamnus purshiana D.C.
Cascara Sagrada has been part of the American Pharmacopoeia since 1890. The active ingredient is cascarosides , which have a carthatic action , inducing the intestine to increase muscle tone (peristalsis), causing movement of the intestines. It is a mild laxative, unlike other laxatives it does not destroy the intestinal flora, nor does it eliminate bacilli present in the gastro-intestinal tract, it increases gallbladder secretions, ideal for gallbladder stones. Cascara sagrada is recommended to eliminate constipation and constipation.
However, the ideal is that before using any type of natural laxative, changes in eating habits are made, increasing the consumption of foods rich in fiber and consuming at least 2 L of water a day.
It should not be used if a pregnancy is suspected or during it, during breastfeeding because it can pass into the milk and cause diarrhea in the newborn and in children under 12 years of age. It should also not be ingested if you take digoxin, corticosteroids, arrhythmia medications, diuretics, and cardiac glycosides because some drug interactions may occur.
Although cascara sagrada is beneficial for constipation, its use in excessive doses can cause some side effects such as fatigue, cramps, diarrhea, lack of appetite, nutrient malabsorption, nausea and vomiting, loss of regularity to evacuate, sweating excessive and dizziness.
When ingested for a long period of time it can cause more serious problems such as dehydration, decreased levels of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and chlorine in the blood, heart problems and muscle weakness.