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Also known as Sacred Bark, Chittem Bark, Cascara Sagrada, and Rhamnus purshiana L.
The bark, collected in spring and early summer, is stored for at least a year before use in order to eliminate the constituents that cause griping. The bark is made up of up to 10% anthraquinone glycosides, consisting of the cascarosides A, B, C and D.
It is the bark is used most commonly - as a laxative and tonic, as well as for digestive complaints. It is described as one of the most effective, yet gentle, stimulating laxatives (due to the anthraquinones), especially if combined with other carminatives.
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