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Rhamnus frangula

Botanical Name Rhamnus frangula
Common Name Buckthorn
Parts Used Bark, berries, root
Historical  Promotes healthy gallbladder and liver functions, Alterative, Diuretic, Laxative
How to use capsules, poultice, tea
Combinations milk thistle, dandelion

Buckthorn is a close relative of Cascara Sagrada, and has the same type of laxative affect. If used in excessive amounts it can cause griping and excessive catharsis.


The Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason N.D.
Healthy Healing by Linda Page N.D
Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs by M. Blumenthal