Colon cleansing herbs can be divided into 2 basic categories: first, there are the herbs that help remove waste such as mucoid plaque from the colon. Second, there are high fiber herbs that help to colon to move.
Colon Cleansing Herbs
Burdock root: Is also a blood cleanser that relieves gout symptoms. Burdock root powder helps to restore colon, liver and gallbladder function and stimulates the immune system. It is considered to be one of the minor colon cleansing herbs.
Cascara Sagrada bark: Commonly used by Native Americans, it is the best herb known for softening eliminating mucoid plaque in both the small and large intestines. Mucoid plaque is the dark rubbery substance that can line the digestive track if too much fried and processed foods are eaten (almost all of us have it).
Plantain leaf: Cleanses colon and helps remove intestinal plaque. Is a great blood purifier and supports kidney function.
Rhubarb root: Has antibiotic properties. Relieves diarrhea, constipation and hemorrhoids. Promotes healing of ulcers and supports the healing of the colon.
Senna leaf: is the most reliable herb for stimulating the bowel. However it is very potent and to be used carefully in small amounts. I generally recommend that people avoid using this herb as cascara sagrada does a similar job more safely.
Slippery Elm Bark: Reduces inflammation in the colon, stomach, and urinary tract. Also reduces diarrhea.
Wormwood bark powder: Enhances digestion by increasing the secretion of digestive enzymes and bile from the liver and gallbladder. This herb also works well for eliminating toxins and congestion in the gut. Also helps in the removal of parasites.
Yellow dock; Leaves and roots are a good colon and liver cleanser. Works as a blood purifier. Tones the entire digestive system.
Fiber Providing Herbs To Stimulate The Colon
These supplements create bulk within intestines, absorbing toxins from them, and help the colon move.
Flax seed powder: ground flax seeds are very high in fiber (27g per 100g)
Carob powder: high in dietary fiber (38g per 100g) and soothing to the digestion. Carob is rich in tannins that have an astringent or binding effect on the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract. Also can prevent diarrhea.
Psyllium seed husk powder: This is the most common fiber supplement in herbal cleanses. When mixed with water, Psyllium husk powder becomes jelly-like and provides bulk to the intestines. Nnte: don’t confuse this with whole psyllium seed which is next to useless in a cleansing program. The fiber content of psyllium is 80g per 100g.
Advantages of Knowing Your Colon Cleansing Herbs
There are several advantages to knowing your herbs and how to take them. First, many inexpensive herbal colon cleanses on the market today contain unnecessary filler ingredients as well as low quality herbs. Taking low quality herbs can also be harmful. There are 3 main problems with taking these kinds or herbs:
- They have been grown as cheaply as possible and contain herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and fumigants.
- They have been irradiated. That means they have been exposed to high levels of radiation which sterilizes them and makes them almost worthless for health.
- They contain the entire plant instead of only the medicinal part. Burdock root for example is a great blood cleanser. But some formulations called “burdock root” also contain leaves and stems of the plant which do not cleanse the blood.
If you know your herbs you’re not dependent on a pre-made kit that may contain low quality ingredients. The second major advantage of knowing which herbs is that you can create your own colon cleanse recipes at a fraction of the cost of buying a store bought kit.
I used several of the colon cleansing herbs listed above to create my last colon cleanse recipe. It got better results than the store bought cleanses I used to use and only cost me $14 for 15 days of cleansing.