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Actions: purgative, bitter tonic, hepatic, laxative Indications : Good in cases of chronic constipation to encourage peristaltic action of the colon and to tone the digestive system. Caution: Not to be used during pregnancy. Cascara should only be taken as a last resort and should not be taken longer than 1 month, as the colon may become dependent on Cascara to function properly. Only the aged bark should be used. Fresh bark contains high amounts of anthraquinones which irritate the digestive tract and may cause bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Preparation and dosage: blend 1 or 2 teaspoonful of the herb into 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink 3 x daily. Tincture: take 30 drops, 3 x daily.