The Forgotten Bark

Did you know before any disease is reversed the colon must be cleansed.

Cascara Sagrada which in Spanish means “sacred bark” has been used in Native American medicine for thousands of years to cleanse the bowel and relieve constipation. It clears stagnation and keeps your insides clean.

Cascara Sagrada has a long history of use and over 20 different names:

. Aulne Noir

. Bearberry

. Bois Noir

. Bois a Poudre

. Borzene

. Bourgene

. Buckthorn

. California Buckthorn

. Chittem Bark

. Dogwood Bark

. Ecorce Sacree

. Nerprun

. Pastel Bourd

. Purshiana Bark

. Rhamni Purshianae Cortex

. Rhubarbe des Paysans

. Sagrada Bark

. Yellow Bark

Natural Habitat

Cascara Sagrada trees are native to British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington in the U.S, and Mexico.

You’ll find these trees by streams, in forests and valleys, typically growing under the shadow of bigleaf maple trees.

The bark of the Cascara Sagrada is used for its medicinal properties, which is harvested in spring or early summer when it’s easier to remove. The bark is dried in shade to preserve its yellow tinge, and has a strongly bitter taste that persists in the mouth for hours after eating.

Profile and Properties

Primarily, Cascara Sagrada was used in Native American traditional medicine as a laxative to treat constipation. The most widely used cathartic (a substance that speeds up the process of bowel elimination) on the planet.

Fresh Cascara bark contains a substance called anthrone which causes vomiting and violent diarrhoea. It must be aged for one year for the anthrone to decompose so the bark can be consumed by humans. Cascara is rich in phytochemicals (which are believed to protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer).

It usually causes a bowel movement 6 to 8 hours after taken.

This is Important to hear

The bark is rich in phytochemicals, called anthraquinones, that stimulate bowel movements and support the gut. They increase digestive secretions from the liver, stomach and pancreas while causing the intestines to contract and push out their contents.

A lady once said, when she went to the bathroom upon taking the Cascara Sagrada extract she looked in the toilet and saw some berries that she ate 12 years prior.

Cascara Sagrada is used to trigger the “bitter reflex”- when the tongue senses the bitter taste it signals for the brain to release a hormone called gastrin. This starts a series of biological processes that aid digestion and excretion, including:

. Stimulating appetite.

. Releasing digestive enzymes.

. Increasing the stomach’s ability to empty.

. Assisting liver detoxification.

. Increasing bile production.

. Regulating metabolic hormones.

.Repairing the gut lining.


It’s so in demand that it has been over-harvested in some areas.

Its leaves are source of food for black bears, deer, elk, grey foxes and ring-tailed cats.

Its fruits are eaten by bears, birds and raccoons.

Humans may also consume the fruit but it’s also a laxative.

Cascara Sagrada has been traditionally used to treat many different conditions related to the gut and our digestive tract including:

Strange how it became the most popular laxative on the market worldwide, until the FDA withdrew it in 2002 due to “safety concerns”. Now it can only be sold as a nutritional supplement rather than a drug.

. Bacteria (including E coli, Helicobacter pylori, and various strains of Staphylococcus aureus).

. Cancer

. Candida

. Gallstones

. Haemorrhoids

. Liver issues

. Parasites

I hope this has helped you.

See you again in 2 weeks.

Stay safe.

About Shaun

Hi I am a naturopathic researcher. One which supports and promotes the healthy function of the body...stimulating the body's built-in self healing mechanisms.
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