Cascara Sagrada Powder No. 40

Cascara Sagrada Powder No. 40

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Description
One specimen of refined powdered cascara sagrada donated by Eli Lilly and Company in 1920 for the pharmacy exhibits. This specimen, along with five (5) specimens of National Formulary (N.F.) preparations of cascara sagrada (M-00921-M-00925), was used to complete an exhibit on the use of cascara sagrada in medicine.
Cascara Sagrada (Spanish for “sacred bark”) refers to the bark of the buckthorn or bearberry tree (Rhamnus purshiana or Frangula purshiana). The bark was used in medicine by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest and was introduced to the medical profession in the 1870s. It became one of the most ubiquitous vegetable laxatives and was used in popular over-the-counter products throughout the 20th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Crude Drug
Other Terms
Crude Drug; Materia Medica; Drugs; Vegetable; Powder
date made
ca 1920
maker
Eli Lilly and Company
place made
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
Physical Description
cascara sagrada powder no. 40 (overall material)
ID Number
MG.M-00926
catalog number
M-00926
accession number
64964
Credit Line
Eli Lilly and Company
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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