May 2002 Issue
Go for Natural Laxative Relief, But Best If Not From Senna or Cascara
Q. My natural laxative contains the herbs senna and cascara sagrada. Are they effective and safe? A. Effective, yes, as anyone who has ever taken them can attest. They are safe, however, only for occasional, limited use. Long-term use of either of these two potent laxative herbs is not recommended for anyone. Natural, But Not Gentle. Senna (Cassia senna or Cassia augustifolia) and cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana) are found in many laxative, digestive and "colon cleanser" products, such as Senokot, Ex-Lax, Naturalax, Natural Swiss
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