Native American tribes on the upper West Coast recognized the bowel cleansing qualities of cascara sagrada before the 1500s and began to incorporate it in their huge medical cabinet of natural remedies. When Europeans arrived in the area, they rapidly recognized the plant’s virtues and began harvesting and exporting the natural medicine. Cascara accounted for 20% of sales in the category of stimulant laxatives in the United States four centuries later. Cascara tree bark, like the bark of numerous other commercial plants in the category, includes anthraquinones, terpene chemicals that may be responsible for the plant’s effects on the gastrointestinal tract, particularly the colon.
Adults: Take one caplet daily at bedtime, preferably with food. Children: only as directed by a physician.
Amount per Serving: Cacium 62mg 5%, Cascara Sagrada 450mg (Rhamnus purshiana) (Bark).
Other ingredients: Cellulose, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, silica, pharmaceutical glaze, magnesium silicate.