Latin Name : Rhamus Frangula
Buckthorn(Rhamnus Frangula), also referred to as black alder, is an herb that comes from the bark of the stems and branches of the rhamnus frangula tree.
Buckthorn bark contains compounds called anthraquinones, which have a strong purgative, laxative effect on the body. Because these compounds are powerful, before being processed into laxative products the bark is aged for a year, or heated and dried.
- Constipation : Buckthorn bark can be used to ease constipation. The compounds in buckthorn bark increase the colon’s ability to spontaneously contract. They also reduce water absorption by the intestines, which means more liquid is left in the colon. This produces larger volume and softer stools, which in turn eases constipation.
- Hemorrhoids : Treat hemorrhoids and anal fissures. Because buckthorn bark is an effective stool softener, it can make bowel movements more comfortable for people with hemorrhoids or anal fissures, or who are recovering from recto-anal surgery. Sometimes, buckthorn bark is also used to cleanse the colon in preparation for gastrointestinal diagnostic procedure.
- Internally the herb is considered to act as a laxative positive even in colic, gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcers and as a cholagogue in liver diseases, gold and intestinal worms.