A cathartic is a herb that accelerates defecation. This is a much harsher and stronger action than laxatives, which ease the movement of the bowels. These hers are used to detoxify the lower bowels of toxins. Unwise and prolonged use of cathartic herbs can cause electrolyte imbalances and dehydration.
Herbaceous Perennial :
Bloodroot's name is derived from the color of the reddish roots which contain the phytochemical sanguinarine- The red juice from the root is used externally in pastes and salves to remove warts, skin tags, and some skin cancers....
Perennial Dicot :
All the plant members of the milkweed family have similar properties, however,
milkweed, Asclepias syriaca is better known as the preferred food of
the milkweed butterfly (Danaus plexippus). ...
Yellow dock as been known as a medicinal plant since ancient times and is used in traditional medicine as a gentle laxative or mild astringent tonic....
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