Herbal colon cleansers help those who want to eliminate substances from their digestive system. Many herbs are touted as herbal colon cleaners, but consumers should view these claims with a skeptical eye. Always research a colon cleanser before trying it. Some herbal colon cleansers, such as fennel, aloe, cascara sagrada, butternut, flaxseed, and rhubarb encourage the colon to empty its contents. Others, such as elecampane, fenugreek, yarrow, marshmallow, and peppermint assist in clearing mucus and bile from the gastrointestinal tract. Patients should pick the colon cleansers that address their specific needs

Herbs to Remove Waste
Aloe, butternut, cascara sagrada, fennel, flaxseed, and rhubarb are all herbs that remove waste from the large intestine. Aloe is a Middle Eastern plant that is now grown on all 6 inhabited continents. The pulp of aloe leaves is used for several conditions. Butternut is a tree that grows naturally in American forests. Cascara sagrada is native to the western regions of North America. Herbalists use the bark from both butternut and cascara sagrada. Fennel originally grew near the Mediterranean Sea. Now it is also found in England, Austria, Germany, Iran, India, China, and Argentina. Fennel oil comes from the fruit and seeds of the fennel plant. Flaxseed comes from flax, which farmers grow in temperate and tropical regions around the world. Rhubarb is a Chinese plant that is cultivated in Russia and China for its root. Many of these herbal colon cleansers induce the elimination of waste through stimulating or irritating the colon, which is not always healthy.  In contrast, H2Go, a unqiue magnesia mineral supplement from Japan, helps remove waste through osmosis, directing water to the colon. As a colon cleanse, H2Go should be taken at bedtime for 7 consecutive nights.

Herbs to Clear Mucus and Bile

Specialized cells in the lining of the small intestine and the large intestine secrete mucus. Elecampane, yarrow, and marshmallow clean mucus out of the intestines. Elecampane is a fungus from Europe and the temperate parts of Asia. Today it can also be found in the USA. Herbalists make use of the elecampane rhizomes that grow underground. Yarrow grows in the central, eastern, and southeastern parts of Europe. All parts of yarrow except the roots are used. Marshmallow ranges from the Balkans to China. It is grown for its flowers, leaves, and roots.

The liver produces bile, which is stored in the gall bladder before entering the gastrointestinal track. Peppermint and fenugreek bring bile out of the body. Americans and Europeans grow peppermint for its flavor and herbal properties. The entire peppermint plant provides benefits. Fenugreek grows along the Mediterranean Sea, in the Horn of Africa, in India, and in China. People consume the ripe, dried fenugreek seeds.

Ingredients promoted as herbal colon cleansers
Removing Waste Fennel, Aloe, cascara sagrada, butternut, flaxseed, and rhubarb
Clearing Mucus Elecampane, yarrow, and marshmallow
Clearing Bile Peppermint and fenugreek

Herbal colon cleansers range from common kitchen ingredients, to exotic plants and fungi. These ingredients encourage the large intestine push waste out of the body, to remove mucus from the gut, and to eliminate bile. Many of these herbs come from Europe and Asia, but a few are native to North Africa, Canada, and the USA. The useful part of each herb depends on its species. Read about herbal colon cleansers from multiple sources before consuming them.


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