Buckthorn Bark




Botanical name: Rhamnus frangula

Origin: Hungary/Poland

Therapeutic actions: Alterative; Anthelmintic; Bitter; Cathartic; Cholagogue; Depurative; Diuretic; Emetic; Laxative (the fresh bark is violently purgative); Tonic, Vermifuge.

Drug interactions: Interacts with Digoxin and any type of Diuretics. Check with doctor if on Oral Corticosteroids.

Nutrients: Buckthorn contains moderate amounts of calcium, phosphorus and potassium, small amounts of sodium and chlorine; trace amounts of magnesium, iron, manganese, copper and zinc.

Description: In the same family as Cascara Sagrada having similar properties; however, its action is gentle like Turkey Rhubarb root.

Internal uses: It has a stimulating effect on the gastrointestinal tract without being habit forming. When hot it causes profuse perspiration. It has been valuable in appendicitis, bleeding, bowels, dropsy, fever, itching, parasites, lead poisoning, rheumatism and skin diseases. Other uses include: cancer, chronic constipation, fevers, gallbladder, gallstones and liver congestion.

External uses: It has been used for warts.

Suggested dosage: 20—30 mg daily. Tincture 5 ml at bedtime.

CAUTION: Do not use if have intestinal obstruction, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, appendicitis or abdominal pain. Not for long term use.


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