Alder buckthorn is a tall shrub native to northern Europe. The bark of alder buckthorn is removed, cut into small pieces, and dried for one year before being used medicinally. Fresh bark has an emetic (vomit-inducing) property and is therefore not used.
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|20 to 30 mg of anthraquinone glycosides (calculated as glucofrangulin A) per day||
Alder buckthorn is considered a stimulant laxative because it stimulates bowel muscle contractions.
Historical or Traditional Use
Alder buckthorn has been used as a cathartic laxative in northern and central Europe, including England, for centuries.1 Despite its decline in importance when the similar shrub Rhamnus purshiana or cascara sagrada was discovered in America,2 alder buckthorn is still used, particularly in Europe.
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