Cascara sagrada

Joyce's realistic depiction of Bloom's bowel movement in Calypso includes one vividly personal detail: an ongoing struggle with "constipation." He credits his deliverance from this ailment on June 16 to consumption of a popular herbal laxative, "cascara sagrada."

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Shredded cascara sagrada bark posed against the leaves and berries of the buckthorn tree. Source: rawjah.com.

Bottle of cascara sagrada, production date unknown, in the compressed "tabloid" form trademarked by Burroughs Wellcome, a London company established in 1880 by two American pharmaceutical salesmen. Source: oldshopstuff.com.