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A cathartic is a substance which accelerates defecation, more stronger than laxative and less violent than purgative.

Plants having 'Cathartic' activity

Abronia fragrans

Cathartic, diaphoretic and emetic (plant)

Acalypha indica

Expectorant and induces nausea (root); antibacterial (plant); diuretic and laxative; Cathartic, anthelmintic, emetic, anodyne and hypnotic, antimicrobial activity (extract of dried leaves).

Acer glabrum

Anti-rheumatic (twig); cathartic (bark)

Alnus glutinosa

Alterative, astringent, cathartic, febrifuge and tonic (bark); astringent, galactogogue and vermifuge (leaves)

Alnus rubra

Appetizer, astringent, cathartic, cytostatic, emetic, stomachic and tonic (bark)

Apocynum androsaemifolium

Analgesic, anticonvulsant, antidote, aphrodisiac, cardiotonic, contraceptive, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, hydragogue, lactagogue, laxative, narcotic, tonic (plant); cardiotonic, cathartic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic and expectorant (roots)

Aristolochia bracteolata

Anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiperiodic, appetiser, cathartic, emmenagogue, sudorific, thermogenic, vulnerary, laxative, anthelmintic and oxytocic (plant); larvicidal and antigonorrheic (leaf)

Asarum europaeum

Cathartic, diaphoretic, emetic, errhine, sternutatory, stimulant and tonic (root, leaves, stem)

Asclepias curassavica

Emetic, cathartic and astringent (root); antidysenteric, anthelmintic, sudorific (leaf juice) ; anti-ovulatory, anti-implantation and cardiotonic (plant)

Balsamorhiza sagittata

Antirheumatic, diuretic, cathartic, diaphoretic, febrifuge and vulnerary (root)

Bryonia alba

Cathartic, hydrogogue, irritant, pectoral and purgative (root)

Bryonia dioica

Cathartic, cytotoxic, diaphoretic, expectorant, hydrogogue, irritant, pectoral, purgative and vermifuge, as a rubefacient to muscular and joint pains and pleurisy (root)

Buxus sempervirens

Alterative, antirheumatic, cathartic, cholagogue, diaphoretic, febrifuge, oxytocic and vermifuge (leaves, bark); diaphoretic (wood)

Cassia acutifolia

Increases the peristaltic movements of the colon by its local action upon the intestinal wall-cathartic.

Chelone glabra

Anti-depressant, laxative, antibilious, aperient, appetizer, cathartic, cholagogue, detergent, tonic, vermifuge (herb).

Colchicum autumnale

Stops cell division. Analgesic, antirheumatic, cathartic and emetic (seed)

Convulvulus scammonia

A drastic cathartic and hydrogogue (resin)

Cornus canadensis

Analgesic, cathartic and febrifuge (leaves, stems); capillary tonic, antioedemic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and hypotensive (fruits).

Cyclamen europaeum

Drastic cathartic (root or tuber)

Cytisus scoparius

Narcotic, cathartic and strongly diuretic (plant); cardiotonic, cathartic, diuretic, emetic and vasoconstrictor (seeds or young herbaceous tips of flowering shoots)

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