Herbs that are Cathartic

What is Cathartic? 

Cathartic action in the context of digestion refers to the use of certain foods or substances that help promote bowel movements and relieve constipation. This is achieved through the use of natural remedies such as fiber-rich foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and herbs. These substances work by adding bulk to the stool and increasing the frequency of bowel movements.

However, it's essential to note that excessive use of cathartic substances can cause harm to the digestive system. It's always best to consult a healthcare professional before using any cathartic drug or herb.

What are the benefits of Cathartic herbs?

When used in moderation, cathartic herbs can help:

  • Promote bowel movement
  • Treat chronic constipation
  • Improve weight loss
  • Reduce weight
  • Decrease inflammation

3 Herbs that can be used as a Cathartic agent



The herb barberry has long been used as a cathartic, meaning that it can encourage bowel motions and ease constipation. Berberine, the main compound in barberries, has been found to provide a number of health advantages, including the potential to support digestive health.

Barberry is believed to work as a cathartic by stimulating the digestive tract muscles, which helps promote bowel movements and relieve constipation.



Yarrow is a versatile herb with copious benefits, including cathartic effects too. It has mild laxative properties that promote overall digestive health and is commonly used as a digestive tonic. It can help with a number of digestive problems, including bloating, gas, and stomach cramps.

Yarrow can also enhance bile flow and accelerate digestion, which can help with the breakdown of lipids. Add a few drops of Yarrow Tincture to your water or tea to get rid of constipation. 


Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is traditionally used as a cathartic herb to promote bowel movement and relieve constipation. It can be used as a cathartic in several forms, including juice, gel, or capsule form.

Aloe vera juice can be particularly effective as a cathartic because it contains high levels of anthraquinones. Its juice can have a potent laxative effect, therefore it's crucial to remember to use it sparingly. It can improve the overall health of the digestive tract by healing the lining of the gut, reducing inflammation, and preventing bacterial infection. 

Other Medicinal Plants that act as a Cathartic