Herbs used in Detoxification


Dandelion is held in high regard as a detoxifier. According to Jacqueline Krohn in Natural Detoxification(Hartley & Marks Publishers, Inc., 1996, Dandelion stimulates the elimination of toxins from every cell in the body. It is often used in comprehensive treatments for the liver. Dandelion also increases bile production and stimulates its flow to the gallbladder. The polysaccharide insulin found in dandelion is said to have white blood cell and immune-boosting properties.

Licorice Root

Licorice Root is regarded as an important herb for treating kidney ailments and is also recommended for the liver and respiratory tract. According to the Townsend Letter for Doctors (December 1994), Licorice Root's antioxidant, antiviral, and antibody-stimulating properties make it a liver protectant and detoxifier.Planta Medica notes that it may help the liver detoxify powerful chemical poisons. Planta Medica (50; 1984)

Cascara Sagrada

Cascara Sagrada supports healthy bowel function by acting as a mild laxative. This herb can also be helpful in the treatment of gallstones and liver ailments. It also increases secretions of the stomach, liver and pancreas and is a potent cleansing herb.

Black Walnut Hulls

Black Walnut Hulls are known to help remove parasites from the intestinal tract and facilitate the removal of toxic buildup and fatty materials.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is best known as a liver tonic. The active ingredient is silymarin, which is reputed to repair liver damage due to alcohol, drugs (over-the-counter, prescription, and illicit), hepatitis, and exposure to toxins. In Germany, physicians are so impressed with the liver-protecting effects of milk thistle that they routinely prescribe this herb to patients with liver disorders. Milk thistle also strengthens and protects the liver in otherwise healthy people.

Herb Groups

Many herbalists divide herbs into groups, depending on what they do. One group of herbs has detoxifying properties. This group is more specifically divided according to how the herbs interact with the body and what organs they affect. Following are some of the detoxifying categories set out in Humbart Santillo's Natural Healing with Herbs , their definitions, and some of the herbs that fall into each category.

Group Herb(s) Definition
Alterative alfalfa, dandelion, licorice root, marshmallow Alters (purifies) the blood
Antihelmintic black walnut hulls, cascara sagrada, garlic Destroys intestinal worms and parasites
Anticatarrhals comfrey, garlic, Irish moss, marshmallow Eliminates mucous conditions
Cathartic aloe, cascara sagrada Promotes evacuation from upper intestines and bowels
Cholagogue beets, cascara sagrada, dandelion Promotes bile flow
Deobstruent bayberry, goldenseal Removes obstructions
Expectorant comfrey, garlic, licorice root, mullein Facilitates excretion of mucus from throat and lungs
Laxative cascara sagrada, licorice root, psyllium Promotes bowel action
Lithotriptic cascara sagrada, dandelion, marshmallow, parsley, shavegrass Dissolves and discharges urinary and gallbladder stones
Lymphatic dandelion, echinacea, garlic Stimulates the lymphatic system

Herbal FiberblendHerbal Fiberblend - AIM Herbal Fiberblend® is a mixture of fiber and herbs that has been specially formulated for maximum contribution to the daily diet. More than 20 years of research and personal use went into the development of AIM Herbal Fiberblend®. AIM Herbal Fiberblend® is an exclusive formulation available only through AIM Members.

Herbal ReleaseHerbal Release  - AIM Herbal Release® draws on this ancient herbal tradition, providing 12 herbs that have beneficial effects on the lymphatic system. This system, composed of literally hundreds of miles of lymphatic vessels and nodes, is the key to the elimination of waste products generated throughout the body.

Detoxification | The Liver | Psyllium | Spring Cleaning
Back to Home Page