Cascara Sagrada A.K.A.; Sacred Bark The name "sacred bark" dates back to the seventeenth century when it was bestowed on this tree by Spanish and Mexican explorers. Apparently, they were intrigued by the American Indians' use of the bark for a wide variety of medicinal purposes. Its most important use, however, was as remedy for constipation for upset stomachs.
CAUTION; SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN EXCESSIVELY DURING PREGNANCY: TOO STRONG A LAXATIVE, CAN CAUSE CRAMPING AND STOMACH GRIPING.