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Date Posted: 18:42:53 09/21/11 Wed
Like most laxatives, the effects of castor oil are related ot the dose. In large doses it is very effective at completely emptying the intestinal tract, and can be expected to cause some cramping. Large doses are generally 4 Tablesspoons or more. Does up to 8 Tablespoons are sometime used prior to some medical tests when there is a need to be 'squeaky clean' inside.
It isn't very pleasant to take because it is relatively a thick oil, with an aroma that is less than wonderful. However when floated on orange juice, or mixed with a thick and highly flavored juice like V8, it isn't too bad as long as you take it all at once.
On an empty stomach, with a dose of a couple of tablespoons, I'd expect 'results' within 4 hours. It can be expected to keep working for about 6 more hours. Castor oil is a very effective laxative.
The effects of Castor are somewhat self limiting. The laxative effect is caused by the digestive products of the oil, once enough has been broken down, to cause the laxative effects, the rest is expelled along with everything else,ending the laxative effects.
For most, one experience with Castor oil is enough, and given the choice between Castor Oil and enema, the enema is almost always preferred.
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