While the colon cleanse is an often avoided technique for bodily health due to perceived unpleasantness, there are ways to cleanse your colon that are less invasive than others. Take the herb-based method, for example. This is one of the most widely used techniques because it’s so easy and has minimal unpleasant side effects. Many of the herbs used are available in tea form, making them especially easy to enjoy. Different herb mixtures are recommended by various sources, but we’ll list some of the most common herbs used, as well as why they’re used in the first place. That will let you decide for yourself which herbs and how much of any particular kind you should try.
Various forms of senna, which is actually a broad category of plants rather than a single herb, are often found in colon-cleansing herb formulas. This is because senna is known to relieve constipation. It stimulates the lower bowel slightly to cause more fluid movements. Like the well-known aloe, it’s considered a purgative type of herb, but lacks aloe’s legal restrictions on use.
Cascara, which is known by a number of other names and is a subdivision of buckberry, is known as a potent laxative. Like aloe, however, it has restrictions on how it can be used in certain products, and overuse is known to cause side effects such as abdominal discomfort. Although a legitimate ingredient in many colon-cleansing products, it should be taken with care.
Interested in a more well-known and less risky herb? In that case, ginger should be at the top of your list. Unlike many laxative ingredients, it actually fights diarrhea instead of risking it. It’s also one of the few safe cures for nausea for pregnant women, and has general benefits towards preventing or reducing inflammation, diabetes, and various other symptoms and conditions. And if you like Asian food, it’s definitely the easiest herb to work into your diet!
Perhaps the most distinctive common ingredient in herb products for colon-cleansing is the cayenne pepper. It’s difficult to miss the use of this hot plant, but if you can withstand it, you’ll find that it has many positive qualities. By causing sweating and increasing blood flow, it helps your body cleanse itself more rapidly than it would normally be able to do.
While there are other herbs in use in some products, these are the four bases for most popular products. Feel free to use them independently, mixed into your diet, or in medicinal form. What’s most important is that your body gets the treatment it needs to be free of toxins, no matter how it gets done.
Dr. Michael Allen
Fitness Instructor & Fat Loss Factor Founder