How to Cleanse with Herbs
By Ryan Harrison, MA, BCIH
Colon cleansing and detoxification is an excellent way for most people to begin the process of reclaiming their natural ability to look and feel healthy. Read more here about Herbal Cleansers and Cleansing with Herbal Products.
How Herbs Aid in Cleansing
In general, herbal cleansing products sweep the colon clean of waste that should have made it out but for various reasons may have stubbornly resisted your body’s best attempts at elimination. Some herbs are especially good at cleansing the colon and assisting in the natural process of detoxification. There are fibrous herbs that absorb water as they move through the intestines, thus providing bulk and softening stools. That means less straining and pushing with bowel movements. There are herbs that support liver detoxification and health. And there are herbs that alleviate common gastrointestinal upsets and promote a general sense of wellness.
When ground up and taken internally, flaxseed’s soluble fiber is an effective laxative.
- Psyllium husks:
When psyllium husks are softened in water, they swell to such an extent that they encourage intestinal wall contractions, naturally supporting digestive function. As a great source of mucilage—the gummy, gelatinous substance produced in plants—psyllium husks have both laxative and anti-diarrheal effects. Considered a safe laxative, human and animals studies have shown that psyllium is an active laxative with cholesterol-lowering qualities.
Widely cultivated and used all over the world, this versatile herb is used as a flavoring element, for its fragrance, and for its therapeutic properties.
- Milk Thistle:
Native to Europe, this herb is often considered a pesky weed in North America. What most Americans don’t understand is how powerful milk thistle is in promoting health. When properly prepared, an extract from milk thistle may help protect the liver from invasive toxins such as alcohol and industrial pollutants. Milk thistle extract may also support the growth of new liver cells.
A very versatile herb, there are actually two major types of chamomile, German and Russian, and they are believed to have similar effects upon the body. Chamomile is often used for sleeplessness and anxiety due to its calming effects, but it also helps calm gastrointestinal discomfort such as upset stomach and gas. Chamomile’s properties make it a valuable addition to any cleansing program.
- Buckthorn Bark:
Mildly laxative in nature, this herb stimulates peristalsis and mucous secretions in the intestines. In this way, buckthorn contributes toward ridding the body of accumulations of toxic waste.
- Ginger root:
An herb (rhizome) that has been prized in China, Japan, and India for its therapeutic properties for hundreds of years, ginger is also well-studied and respected in the United States. It can frequently be found as an ingredient in remedies for stomach ache, nausea, and diarrhea.
These are only a few of the many herbs that can be found in a premium-grade, all-natural herbal colon cleansing and detoxification program such as DrNatura’s Colonix Intestinal Cleansing Program. Find out more about the Colonix Program, which is comprised of over 40 professionally blended herbs, and start your colon cleanse and detoxification today.
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