How do stimulating laxative herbs (Cascara Sagrada, Buckthorn, Turkey Rhubarb, Senna, Whole Leaf Aloe, etc.) work in the body, and how long can I take them?
They work by stimulating the contraction of the colon and increasing the motility and fluid content of the stool. When taking laxative herbal products, you should take a vitamin and mineral supplement. Nature’s Sunshine Products recommends taking stimulating laxative herbs for up to two weeks as needed, never to exceed four weeks consecutively. You should plan to rest from stimulating herbal laxative use for a period of one to two months following use. A healthier, more natural way of regulating the bowel is using bulking herbs (Psyllium, LOCLO) and increasing water intake. Bulk herbs contain fiber that can help lower your risk for certain diseases. They may be taken long-term without adverse effects.