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Other Names:

Cambron, Carrasquilla, Cervispina, stinking Espino, Sanguinaria Minor.

Used Part.

The ripe fruit.

Active Principles.

Heterósidos anthraquinone (2 - 5%) emodina, glucofrangulina, frangulina, emodina - antranol. Flavonoids: catarticósido, quercetol, ramnetol. Anthocyanin pigments. Tannin, pectin, ascorbic acid.

Drug Action.

Purgative or laxative, depending on the dose. Diuretic.


Occasional constipation, adjunctive treatments in anthelmintics.


Pregnancy, lactation, menstruation, cystitis, ileus, acute abdomen, gastric ulcer, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, renal or cardiac insufficiency, cardiac treatment (see precautions)

Side Effects.

A therapeutic dose, depending on individual sensitivity to drugs, or to continue long - term care, intestinal colic may occur.

Caution / Poisoning.

At high doses can cause intestinal cramping violent, with vomiting, and even gastrointestinal hemorrhages.

Your continued use can cause alterations of the intestinal mucosa (rectocolitis, rectocólicas melanosis) and loss of electrolytes, especially potassium (which could involve a strengthening of the indirect effect of cardiac, if you are taking)

It is not recommended for treatment of her constipation habitual: it is preferable to prescribe laxatives mechanics.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

See Precautions)

Fresh fruit: 1 - 5 g / day (adults)

Decoction: 5 berries per cup. Boil 5 minutes, 1 to 3 cups a day.

Juice of fresh plant: 10 - 30 g as a laxative, 30 - 40 g as a purgative.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 20 drops, two or three times a day.

Tincture (1 - 10) 40 drops three times daily.

Syrup (5% extract fluid) 10 to 40 grams, fasting (referring to adult dose)

Dry extract (5: 1) 50 - 100 mg / day.

To avoid unpleasant side effects, we recommend starting treatment with low doses.


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