Cascara

What other names is Cascara known by?

Aulne Noir, Bitter Bark, Bois Noir, Bois à Poudre, Borzène, Bourgène, Buckthorn, California Buckthorn, Cáscara, Cascara Sagrada, Chittem Bark, Dogwood Bark, Écorce Sacrée, Frangula purshiana, Nerprun, Pastel Bourd, Purshiana Bark, Rhamni Purshianae Cortex, Rhamnus purshiana, Rhubarbe des Paysans, Sacred Bark, Sagrada Bark, Yellow Bark.

What is Cascara?

Cascara is a shrub. The dried bark is used to make medicine.

Is Cascara effective?

Cascara is effective as a laxative for constipation.

There isn't enough information to know if cascara is effective for the other conditions people use it for, including: gallstones, liver disease, and cancer.

Likely Effective for...

  • Use as a laxative in people with constipation.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Gallstones, liver disease, and cancer.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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