Buckthorn Bark helps clean toxins from the body, can be strongly purgative and it is therefore used in the treatment of constipation, help cleanse the blood, is used for liver, gall bladder problems and intestinal problems in people, in home treatments for colic, obesity, dropsy and hemorrhoids, among others.
Buckthorn Bark, also known as Alder Buckthorn, Alder Dogwood, Black Dogwood, and Glossy Buckthorn, has been used since the days of ancient Greece. At that time it was thought to protect against poisons, headaches, witchcraft and demons. These shrubs are found in temperate regions in the Northern and Southern hemisphere. The small trees can grow up to a height of 10 meters with leaves that can be up to 15 centimeters long. The leaves are usually shiny and dark green. The berries of this plant are dark blue in color. The characteristic name of this herb comes from a telltale woody spine that is found in the plant. The plant flowers in May and June.
In the mid 1600’s it became recognized in Europe as a treatment for constipation, and at the time was listed in the London Pharmacopoeia a primary source for medical reference. It became recognized officially as a drug in the United States in the early 1800’s when it was listed in the National Formulary, again as a treatment for constipation.
Sprinkle one teaspoon of cold water (200ml) with cold water, heat and cook for a short while. Cover the sud and let tea cool down, then proceed. Drink a cup of tea in the evening before bedtime, and if necessary in the morning before meals.
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