Cascara Sagrada Bark

Sacred Bark - USA Origin - Natural Laxative (Bowel Clearance) Cathartic
200g (7.05 oz.) Bark / 90 x 400mg Capsules

100% pure botanical Cascara Sagrada Bark, in its only activation form... bark. Sourced from its native country the USA, explorers of the Pacific Northwest discovered native peoples using the bark as a laxative and gave it the name "Sacred Bark" in honour of its effect. It is found in more drug preparations than any other natural product in the USA it's possibly the most widely used cathartic in the world.

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Ancient Purity presents a "Sacred Bark" a Powerful Tree Medicine from another time. Cascara Sagrada Bark has a long history in traditional medicine, but before we explain more let’s just clarify the list of names Cascara Sagrada is also known as (so you know exactly what you are reading about). Its names include Frangula Purshiana, Cascara, Cascara Buckthorn, Bearberry, in the Chinook Jargon, chittem stick and chitticum stick. Ancient Purity's favourite name for it and perhaps the most fitting is "Sacred Bark". Then there’s Rhamnus purshiana and it is a species of plant in the family Rhamnaceae. Choose the loose bark for a strong tea or take a gentle start with the capsules.

It is native to western North America from southern British Columbia south to central California, and eastward to north western Montana. The dried bark of cascara was used as a laxative in folk medicine by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. The "Sacred Bark" herb is made from the bark of the Cascara Sagrada tree or shrub. Like high fibre plant-based foods Cascara Sagrada stimulates peristalsis, this worm-like contraction helps to push waste out of diverticula that compromise the structure of the intestinal wall and intestinal function. The removal of intestinal wastes allows them to heal regaining original tone and function. This powerful Medicinal Tea must be respected.

Cascara Sagrada Bark - Information & Points to Research

  • USA Native Origin Sourced.
  • Sustainably Collected / Wild Crafted.
  • Traditional an Effective Laxative.
  • Cathartic Herb.
  • Active Bark Form.
  • Perfect for Natural Herbal Tea Blend.
  • May Balance Weight when Tea used Responsibly.
  • Simmered or homemade Tincture of Cascara Sagrada can be an effective Anti- Hair-Loss Tonic.
  • A Natural Ingredient used in some Sunscreen Products.
  • Try the Tea to ease better into Natural Sleep.
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A Sacred Bark in the Modern World

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Phytochemistry of Cascara Sagrada

Numerous quinoid phytochemicals are found in Cascara Bark. The chemicals possibly responsible for the laxative effect are the hydroxyanthracene glycosides, which include cascarosides A, B, C, and D. Cascara Bark contains approximately 8% anthranoids by mass, of which about two-thirds are cascarosides. The hydroxyanthracene glycosides trigger peristalsis by inhibiting the absorption of water and electrolytes in the large intestine, increasing the volume of the bowel contents, leading to increased pressure.

The hydroxyanthracene glycosides are not readily absorbed in the small intestine, but are hydrolysed by intestinal flora to a form that is partly absorbed in the colon. Hydrolysis of the cascarosides results in the formation of aloins, such as barbaloin and chrysaloin. Some of the chemical constituents present in the bark may be excreted by the kidneys. Extracts from Cascara Sagrada Bark also contain a substance called emodin, which likely contributes to the laxative effect.

Nature Leads the Way

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Hair, Skin & Beauty

Cascara Sagrada can fight hair loss, lice, and dandruff. The tincture of Cascara (yes we sell bark- explained later) has also been found to avoid the barrier of syrup, which is considered to be an essential cause of hair fall. Should you be facing hair-loss problems, Cascara Sagrada is the best choice. Use this plant’s extract topically on your scalp and you might say goodbye to hair-loss problems for a while. Cascara Sagrada could tackle many skin issues. Teenagers who were suffering from acne have also found the Cascara when used with alcohol to create a tincture effective in defeating acne along with reducing the patchy skin. It also keeps the skin healthy, hydrated and fresh. This Sacred Bark has been found to be very useful in getting rid of the stains and puffs. It slows down the ageing of skin, and thus you look younger. As we mentioned in the bullet points Cascara Sagrada is also used to make sunscreen products by various companies.

You may have noticed again that we have mentioned tincture, well don't go out and buy a tincture, the bark Ancient Purity provide is pure and trusted, you can use some of it for the incredible tea and also make your own tincture, be smart and save. It's also a fun thing to make, and often the tinctures are made from Bark that can have been sued several times already to make a tincture... stick with active bark and capsules that contain the bark’s powder extract.

Natural, Powerful and Sacred

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Cascara Sagrada - Ancient Traditional Medicine

Cascara Sagrada "Sacred Bark" has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years on a variety of disorders including high blood pressure, congestion, gallstones, gas, haemorrhoids, liver disorders, and nervous disorders. As many of us think traditional medicine and its benefits have been and continue to be dismissed until Western science validates them, which doesn’t mean these benefits aren’t real and only means western science hasn’t caught up. Maybe they'll never be proven but the only thing we care about is does it work, and will it work for you. It's all about trying things out and seeing where natural health takes you. We at Ancient Purity believe that nature provides all the medication we need. There are numerous ancient herbal remedies that have attracted the attention of Western medicine. 

Cascara Sagrada - Available in Capsules or Dried Bark

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Cascara Sagrada... Combatting Soft Tissue Calcifications

Ancient Purity's first interest in this Sacred Bark came from the study of Dr. Sebi’s use of it. Dr. Sebi uses Cascara Sagrada, with a couple of other herbs to break up calcification in soft tissue where a person may find viruses and bad bacteria dwelling.

Breaking down calcifications in soft tissue removes the barrier and allows nutrients and phytonutrients eliminate pathogens and neutralise toxins so the body can remove them naturally. So with this said let’s not say Cascara Sagrada alone does this but perhaps see its potential to support this process.

Enjoy the "Sacred Bark" Cascara Sagrada by the fire

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Usage of the Sacred Bark

So in the Suggested Use section and on the label of the product we have explained how you must use this powerful herb with caution. But let’s go over it here too... Only short-term or periodic use is recommended (hence we only provide a 200g bag) which should last you a very long time / good news it doesn't really ever go off (It is dried bark). Long-term may result in diarrhoea, electrolyte imbalance, and unhealthy dependence on Cascara Sagrada to stimulate peristaltic action.

Pregnant women are cautioned against using the herb. The best advice is to use this powerful Herb for seven days, break for a couple of weeks and then again. Some people do take for longer than seven days. DO NOT USE Cascara Sagrada "Sacred Bark" if you have a medical condition and you MUST consult with your medical practitioner and/or your qualified Herbalist before taking it.

Cascara Sagrada - A Potent Medicinal Tea

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Cascara Sagrada Bark… Closing Thoughts

Also known as California Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana) is a shrub native to western North America first used by the native Indians.  Cascara Sagrada is Spanish for Sacred Bark. The shrub’s bark is used for various medicinal purposes. Cascara Sagrada is traditionally used to relieve constipation. The bark contains anthraquinones which inhibit the absorption of electrolytes and water in the intestines. Due to this, stool volume increases as it absorbs the excess water that increases pressure within the intestine. This process stimulates the colon’s muscle contractions (peristalsis), speeding clearance of the bowel. As such, this extraordinary is considered being a stimulant laxative together with other herbal laxatives such as Senna and Aloe Vera. Unlike these 2 counterparts, Cascara Sagrada’s effect tends to be gentler, resulting in fewer watery or loose stools. In general, Cascara Sagrada bark as well as capsules will induce bowel movements within 8 to 12 hours of consuming a dose. It is important not to exceed the recommended dose. 

There might be other health benefits that have not yet been backed by official scientific evidence. However, the native American Indians have been using the Sacred Bark for centuries while herbalists around the world are convinced of this substance’s health-improving properties. Some of the other properties include: eliminates intestinal parasites, supports healthy blood pressure levels, might reduce pimples and patchy skin, decrease hair-loss and it might slow down skin ageing. The Tea of this herb can be bitter and therefore it might be a good idea to mix it with Ancient Purity’s Matcha Green Tea.

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BARK (TEA)

  • Cascara Sagrada Bark (Rhamnus purshiana) 100% Natural.
  • Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free.

CAPSULES

  • 400mg Cascara Sagrada bark (Rhamnus purshiana)
  • Plant source vegetarian capsule.
  • LOOSE BARK - TEA: Put 2g in a cup of boiling water for 5 - 10 minutes. For better taste, you can mix the bark tea with other ingredients in a saucepan and let it simmer, slowly and lightly. Strain before drinking and do not swallow the bark, there is no benefit to swallowing whole pieces. Some people like to mix it with black, green or rooibos tea for a more pleasant flavour.

WARNING: You must consume more water than normally when using Cascara Sagrada Bark Tea. Do NOT consume longer than 10 days. DO NOT USE Cascara Sagrada Bark if you have a medical condition and you MUST consult with your medical practitioner and/or your qualified Herbalist before taking. Do not exceed the recommended dose. DO NOT USE if Pregnant or nursing. Children should NOT use Cascara Sagrada Bark.

  • CAPSULES: Take 1-2 capsules per day on an empty stomach or as directed by your healthcare practitioner, do not exceed recommended daily intake.

WARNING: Don't use Cascara Sagrada longer than 10 days. If you have a medical condition, are taking medication, are pregnant or nursing, always seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking any food supplement. Discontinue use if adverse reactions occur. Cascara should also be avoided in persons with diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe haemorrhoids, cardiovascular issues, severe anaemia, abdominal hernia, gastrointestinal cancer, recent colon surgery, liver disorders, kidney issues, or suspected appendicitis.

  • Brand: Ancient Purity.
  • Size: 200g (7.05 oz.) Bark / 90 x 400mg Capsules.
  • Package: Kraft Paper Pouch / Miron Glass Jar. 
  • Storage:  Dried Bark can be stored anywhere, but ideally kept in the pouch.
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 2-4 years.

Q - How do I make Cascara Sagrada tea?
A - To brew the loose tea, steep 2 grams (1 teaspoon) of bark shavings in two-thirds of a cup of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain before drinking. Cascara Sagrada tea has a slightly bitter flavour. For a more palatable taste, you can mix it with rooibos tea, black tea, or green tea.

Q – How is the bark harvested?
A - Cascara Bark is collected during the dry season (mid-April through late August). Trees between 15 to 25 years old produce the highest bark output. The bark is sliced vertically and then peeled horizontally in sheets. To encourage re-sprouting, up to 1 foot of the trunk will remain.

Scientific Articles

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Supporting Scientific Research

  1. Little, Elbert L. (1994) [1980]. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Western Region (Chanticleer Press ed.). Knopf. p. 550. ISBN 0394507614.
  2. Elvin-Lewis, M (2001). "Should we be concerned about herbal remedies?". Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 75: 141–164. doi:10.1016/s0378-8741(00)00394-9.
  3. Mahady, Gail B. (2005). "Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana)". In Coates, Paul M. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements. CRC Press. p. 89. ISBN 9780824755041.
  4. Barceloux, Donald G. (2008). "Cascara". Medical Toxicology of Natural Substances: Foods, Fungi, Medicinal Herbs, Plants, and Venomous Animals. John Wiley & Sons. p. 1034. ISBN 9781118382769.

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