Colon Cleansing Herbs
Colon cleansing herbs are one of the most popular and effective methods to cleanse the colon. They're convenient and easy to do. You can pick between pre-mixed formulas, single herbs or a combination of several herbs together to rejuvenate and restore intestinal health.
Herbs have been used safely for centuries and work a little slower than enemas or colonics in detoxing the body, however in time can achieve good results.
Different herbs perform different actions, and therefore produce different results, so it's important to know what goal you would like to achieve when choosing your herbal colon cleansing product.
Some colon cleansing herbs like cascara sagrada work like a laxative, while other herbs such as peppermint stimulate digestion and peristalsis. Some perform a scrubbing action that eliminates fecal matter and prevents toxic build up, and others kill harmful bacteria and parasites. While others soften the stool, add bulk and improve the function of colon muscles that promotes healthy and regular bowel movements.
So if you're wanting a product that strictly works as a laxative you will make a different choice in herbs than someone who is wanting to add bulk or kill parasites.
Many pre-mixed combinations also include other herbs that help flush and enhance the functioning of the liver and or kidneys as well. Most include some sort of herb that promotes bile flow and stimulates the liver.
Herbal colon cleansing products come in a variety of different forms which may include teas, tinctures, extracts, leaf, capsules or powders.
Most Common Colon Cleansing Herbs
- Cascara Sagrada
- Slippery Elm
Cascara Sagrada has been used for a long time by Native Americans and is one of the most popular colon cleansing herbs used today. It contains compounds called anthroquinones that work as an herbal laxative and helps to strengthen the muscle tone of the walls of the colon. Stronger muscle tone leads to elimination of constipation.
This herb also helps to stimulate bile production in the liver, which also helps to speed the removal of toxins from your system.
Cascara is found in several different forms, including capsules, liquid extracts and as dried bark. The dried bark can be made into a tea, that is known for it's bitter taste.
Cascara Sagrada is taken in the evening usually before going to bed to give it time to stimulate the bowel. It usually takes about 6 to 12 hours to work.
This herb is not intended for children and adults should not take it for more than seven days consecutively.
Another great herb for relieving constipation and cleaning out the colon is Chickweed. This is a relatively fast acting herb and will usually cause a bowel movement within several hours.
It also flushes out toxins and helps strengthen the stomach muscles and the colon which helps build long term success in preventing constipation.
If you're looking for a good "all-purpose herb," beneficial for the colon, then Slippery Elm is the herb for you. It is very effective for both constipation and diarrhea. This amazing herb normalizes the stool while it soothes, coats and heals the lining of your intestines.
It works best if you drink plenty of water when taking it.
Senna is another strong herbal laxative with many beloved admirers. It too very works quickly; usually shortly after you've taken it.
This herb is usually taken in tea form and also works as a purgative and stimulates peristaltic contractions, thus moving the fecal matter out of your colon and cleansing naturally.
Caution: Some people report that Senna makes them feel nauseous. Adding a little ginger or cinnamon to the tea can help relieve this.
Like Cascara Sagrada, this herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine also contains the compound anthraquinones, which promotes bowel movements. However, it also contains another compound called tannins, which is believed to relieve diarrhea and reduce inflammation in the colon.
It is found in extract, capsule or dried root form and you can usually see results within six to twelve hours after consumption.
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Psyllium seeds may be the herb you hear the most about. It is probably the most popular colon cleansing herb on the market today, because of it's ability to provide fiber and strengthen the intestinal lining.
It contains a category of fiber called mucilage. When mucilage enters the digestive tract it absorbs water. When it does this, it swells, making the stools in the colon bulkier. This, in turn, triggers contractions of the colon walls. These contractions then lead to bowel movements.
Psyllium is usually taken one to three times per day. When you take this herbal remedy, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you don't, you run the risk of obstructing the colon and only making your constipation worse.
Three other very common and helpful herbs found in many colon cleansing formulas are Fennel Seed which enhances digestion, reduces gas, and relieves lower abdominal pain, Aloe Vera which soothes and heals the intestinal lining and Peppermint which stimulates peristalsis and soothes the intestine.
If you're looking for colon cleansing herbs that specifically kill parasites, then you would want to look for something like Black Walnut Hulls, Wormwood, Clove, Tea Tree Oil, Pumpkin Seed or False Unicorn Root, which are some of the most effective for this goal.
Keep in mind that herbs are very powerful remedies and can have side effects. There can also be interactions with prescription drugs. If you're taking any drugs, be sure to discuss this with your alternative health doctor before taking any herbal colon cleansing remedies. Consult your holistic physician for assistance with any medical conditions and how cleansing may impact them.
Do not continue usage of a product if you develop diarrhea, excessively loose stools, or abdominal pain.
If you develop nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, joint pains, headache, rashes, irritation in the rectum area or just plain don't feel good, you may be cleansing too quickly and your body is not capable of dealing with it adequately. Discontinue usage if this occurs until you feel better and then resume cleansing at a slower pace.
Be sure to follow instructions on the labels and don't use them too frequently. You can become dehydrated if you have too many bowel movements.
We've only touched on some of the most common herbs here, there are way too many herbs to discuss them all. Determine what your particular needs are, do a great deal of research and then pick the colon cleansing herbs that fit your needs best.