The theory behind a good colon cleanse is not new to the medical community, especially those that embrace the natural healing therapies. Colon cleansing has been known and practiced since ancient Greek. Just like anything else is society, there are pros, cons, and a recycling of certain methods and beliefs. The method of colon cleansing is no exception.
Although most traditional medical doctors do not push colon cleansing upon their patients, there are instances where the patient needs to follow through with this procedure such as having a scheduled colonoscopy, bowel surgery, and intestinal blockages. The surgeon needs the patient to clean out the colon for examination or surgery. In these cases, synthetic laxatives such as Dulcolax and Miralax is used along with a supplement of electrolytes as found in 64 ounces of Gatorade. Other long-used laxatives in both traditional and alternative medical fields are Psyllium Husk, Fennel Seek, Senna, and Cascara Segrade.
Individuals who embrace alternative medication and treatment who believe in colon cleansings is to remove a build up of toxins in the colon. Alternative medicine believes that large portions of the fecal matter lies in the colon for years and becomes stagnant. The practice of colon cleansings proves to decrease or eliminate weight gain and other health issues.
There are some reasons why alternative doctors believe in colon cleansings, and these are as follows; it improves one’s mental outlook, improves the immune system, helps in weight loss endeavors, significantly decreases risks for colon cancer, increased energy, and more. Any any case during a colon cleansing it is recommended to replenish the bodies electrolytes.
The more common ingredients in colon cleansing supplements used are as follows, Psyllium Husk, Fennel Seed, Bentonite, Senna Leaf, Cascara Segrade, and Buckthorn. The health benefit and what each of these ingredients does for the body is as follows.
1. Psyllium Husk
Psyllium is a traditional and alternative treatment for constipation and colon cleansings. It is derived from the plant seed husks of the Plantago plant. Psyllium is found to benefit a number of vital organs such as heart health, in addition to increased colon health. The intestinal track has an abundance of water, and sometimes this excessive water slows down intestinal peristalsis Psyllium forms bulk within the intestine and has a laxative effect, making the bowels move easier through the colon. It is a good idea to add psyllium to the everyday diet because it improved digestion and promotes regular bowel movements. In addition to purchasing Psyllium at a local health food store, pharmacies sell Psyllium products such as found in Metamucil, Maalox Daily Fiber, Uni-Laxative, and Fiberall.
2. Fennel Seed
Fennel Seeds have an extensive list of positive aspects when used every day. Fennel contains a list of vitamins and minerals too numerous to mention. In addition to these attributes, Fennel Seed has been used for centuries to decrease flatulence and help with indigestion. Fennel relieved colic pain and enhanced the digestion process. It is believed that Fennel reduces the risk of colon cancer and contributes to removing the dangerous buildup of toxins in the colon.
Bentonite Clay is a well-known natural medicine used for centuries in numerous cultures around the world. Bentonite is an effective internal cleanser and, also, aids in the elimination and prevention of some health problems. Our ancestors used clay for centuries as a detoxing agent and a laxative. Bentonite is available in liquid form to help with intestinal issues and for the elimination of toxins in the colon. Medical researchers found that Bentonite Clay swells like a sponge and absorbs irritants, viruses, herbicides, and pesticides lying dormant in the body, and removes them during elimination. It is a recommendation by herbalists to mix a required amount of Bentonite with applesauce as the pectin in the applesauce also works with the Bentonite and needs to become a daily regimen for successful colon cleansing.
4. Senna Leaf
The Senna Leaf encourages bowel movements by increasing peristalsis within the intestinal track, thus forcing the fecal matter to push forward. Senna relieves constipation, thus cleaning out the colon riding the intestinal track of built up residue. In addition to Senna helping to clean the colon, it has an abundance of vitamins and minerals is help for numerous other health issues.
5. Cascara Segrade
Cascara Segrade, a well known herbal remedy, is used for colon cleansing and constipation. There are many over the counter laxatives that used to contain Cascara Segrade, but has since been banned from being added to these products. Cascara Segrade is available in some prescription forms of laxatives. This herb, harvested from the California Buckthorn is helpful in a number of issues such as digestion problems, arthritis, muscle pain dysentery, gallstones and STD’s. The downside is that Cascara Segrade is a harsh laxative and can create some abdominal cramping. This herb causes the intestinal muscles to contract which in turn helps to move fecal matter through the colon. Use of any laxatives on a regular basis, especially Cascara Segrade can cause a depletion of electrolytes and a dependence upon a laxative regimen. Cascara Segrade used during a colon cleanse works effectively well.
Buckthorn is a common herb with many variations that is found throughout the United States and abroad. Buckthorn has laxative effects and is used as a tonic and in colon cleansings. This laxative causes some abdominal cramping and, of course, cathartic effects.