Natures Sunshine Cascara Sagrada Bark. Laxative, liver and gall bladder tonic. Different to other laxatives, instead of being an irritant to the body, it produces more bile, which increases the peristaltic contraction or the normal squeezing and contraction of the bowel and attracts more fluid to the bowel. 100 Capsules
RRP $32.95, healthy.co.nz price $26.50
An effective gentle stimulant laxative for the relief of constipation. This product generally produces bowel movements in six to eight hours. Cascara is not habit forming and tones and regulates the colon.
One or two capsules at bedtime with full 8-ounce glass of water. Leanne has a "Rule of thumb" with using this herb. This is - If you wake up in the morning and you do not have a bowel motion or do not eliminate a good amount and if all day to still do not go again, that night take 1 or 2 capsules. When you wake up in the morning and eat something, you should have a bowel motion. Do not be alarmed if this herb does not produce the desired effect the first few times you use it - persevere.
A lot of people are reluctant to use a laxative and rightly so, as these can make an already sluggish bowel, even more sluggish. The laxative Leanne James recommends is the herb Cascara Sagrada.
Cascara is different to any other laxative. Most laxatives work by introducing an irritant into the body. We have a bowel motion from this because all the body wants to do is get rid of the irritant as fast as it can, which produces the evacuation. Cascara helps to regulat the colon.
It promotes the normal squeezing and contraction of the bowel and tones the intestines as well as the rest of the body. It increases the secretions of the liver, stomach, pancreas and lower bowel - but is not an irritant to the bowel.
My rule of thumb with using cascara is If you wake up in the morning and your bowels do not move and all day they do not move, that night you should take 1 or 2 cascara capsules. When you wake up in the morning and eat something, you should have a bowel motion. Initially, when you first start using this herb, do not be alarmed if you do not have a bowel motion on the first few days. This is quite common. Just continue as suggested, or contact me if you have a problem.
It is much gentler on the system that Senna or Aloe, but is very effective, providing relief overnight (6-8 hours). It is important that Cascara be properly aged to eliminate the griping and intestinal cramping common with 'Green' bark. Cascara is not habit forming and it helps regulate the colon.
Each 1 capsule provides 390mg of Cascara Sagrada Bark. Other ingredients: Gelatin and water.
Keep out of reach of children. Contraindications: Not recommended for use during pregnancy. Avoid prolonged use of this or any stimulant laxative. If bowels do not move for 3-4 days after using this herb, seek professional advice.