Alder Buckthorn

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How does Alder Buckthorn work?

Alder buckthorn bark contains chemicals that work as a laxative by stimulating the intestines.

Are there safety concerns?

Alder buckthorn is safe for most adults when used for less than 8 days. Using alder buckthorn for more than 8 days can be unsafe because it might cause problems such as low potassium; heart problems; muscle weakness; and blood problems, including blood in the urine. Some people get uncomfortable cramps from alder buckthorn. If you experience diarrhea or watery stools while using alder buckthorn, stop taking it.

The fresh bark can cause severe vomiting. Make sure you are using a bark product that is at least one year old or has been heat processed.

Alder buckthorn is UNSAFE for children younger than 12 years of age.

Do not take alder buckthorn if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a blockage in your intestine.
  • You have an intestine disorder such as appendicitis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or ulcerative colitis.
  • You have stomach pain.
  • You have diarrhea.

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