Rhamnaceae Frangula purshiana (DC.) Cooper

Pursh's Buckthorn

Hesquiat - Drug, Laxative

Use documented by:
Turner, Nancy J. and Barbara S. Efrat, 1982, Ethnobotany of the Hesquiat Indians of Vancouver Island, Victoria. British Columbia Provincial Museum, page 71

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Scientific name: Frangula purshiana (DC.) Cooper
USDA symbol: FRPU7 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Pursh's Buckthorn
Family: Rhamnaceae
Family (APG): Rhamnaceae
Native American Tribe: Hesquiat
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Laxative
Notes: Decoction of bark, infusion of bark or chewed bark used as a laxative. It was believed that the bigger the tree, the stronger the medicine. Thick bark from the larger trees was used if a very strong dose was required; thin bark from young trees was used for a mild dose.

RECRD: 695 id: 15092