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«Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana) is used in the composition of numerous preparations against constipation and haemorrhoids. Stomachic in small doses, laxative in medium doses, purgative and cholagogue at higher doses.
It regulates the functions of the liver and intestinal glands and excites bowel peristalsis»[1]. 

«It is considered the mildest of anthraquinone laxatives and it hardly causes colonic spasms. Does not cause pelvic hyperemia. Cascara preparations are used alone or in combination with drugs that have a similar action, such as laxatives in the treatment of chronic constipation. It is administered mostly in a single dose in the evening, although the best results are achieved by taking small doses after meals (cholagogue action)»[2]. 

«Cream of Tartar benefits are first and foremost those of melting and softening gross fluids that cause obstruction of the first abdominal region. It is for this reason that we use it, with effectiveness, to open the channels of liver, spleen, mesentery, pancreas and kidneys. … It is a universal digestive and it is for this reason that it is always administered before purgation, so as to soften and prepare what the laxative should then evacuate » [3].  

«Glycine and Taurine are amino acids that, together with cholesterol, compose the bile [precursors]. Moreover, Glycine acts as a calming neurotransmitter, but unlike Histidine and Tryptophan that act in the brain, Glycine works in the spinal cord.… Taurine is found in very high concentrations in the heart and skeletal muscles and the central nervous system, in turn, contains large amounts of it » [4].  

«Althea (Althaea Officinalis). Properties: bechic, emollient (is used wherever there is inflammation). Indications: irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth or throat, stomatitis, glossitis, pharyngitis; inflammation, gastrointestinal irritation…» [5].

[1] Alberto Fibi, Le malattie curate con le erbe e le piante medicinali, Garlini Editore, Milano.
[2] Enrica Campanini, Dizionario di fitoterapia e piante medicinali, Tecniche Nuove.
[3] Nicolas Le Fevre, Trattato della Chimica, Parigi 1674. Translated and published by Laboratorium, Casella postale 423 – 55049 Viareggio (LU)
[4] Robert Erdmann, The amino revolution.
[5] Jean Valnet, Fitoterapia. Cura delle malattie con le piante, Aldo Martello – Giunti Editore
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