The liver is a major organ of our digestive system and processes every substance we eat and take in. It not only purifies the body of metabolic wastes, but also of pollutants in the air we breathe. In addition, our liver is also in charge of constructing various building blocks needed for proper hormone production and activity that keeps our reproductive systems healthy and strong.
The liver is the master detoxifier and blood filtering center largely responsible for the condition of our bloodstream. When we nourish the liver and keep it healthy our entire body feels the results.
Many health experts agree that most disease takes place in the body when the digestive tract and the liver is stuffed up and proper functioning is inhibited.
A similar thing occurs when our kitchen sink gets clogged and we must release the material in the pipes that is blocking the flow of water.
We are all exposed to environmental contaminants on a day to day basis, so it is good take herbs, supplements and drink herbal teas that help clean them out on occasion. This helps the body to detox from potential poisons like pesticides, PCB’s, dioxin, chlorine, automotive exhaust, radiation and numerous heavy metals that are unfortunately still in the water we drink, the foods we eat and the air we breathe.
Using liver herbs, together with intestinal cleansers, can work to directly release the burden of a toxic overload that can, over time, have negative repercussions on all our body systems and our state of metal health in general.
Implementing a yearly detox ritual, using herbs, water fasting, green juices and other purifying superfoods, can be extremely beneficial to your overall health and well-being during the course of a lifetime. Periodic fasts or cleanses help to facilitate the body’s own healing mechanisms so it can naturally do what it does best, clean and heal itself!
Here are the herbs that are good for cleansing the liver and the blood:
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) is a great nourishing root that works with the liver and lymph to purify the bloodstream of toxins. It is high in iron, which enriches the blood and is great for strengthening the entire system. It is one of the few cleansing herbs that you can often find fresh in the produce section of your local health food store. As an edible root, you can steam burdock root with green leafy vegetables or use it in soups with miso for additional cleansing benefits. Burdock root is called “gobo” in Asian countries where it is a frequently used vegetable.
Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum) contain a flavonoid called silymarin that has protective effects on the liver. Silymarin repairs the liver by stimulating protein synthesis and changing the outside layer of liver cells. In double blind studies experts concluded that the silymarin in milk thistle is extremely therapeutic, stabilizing the cell membrane and accelerating the process of regeneration in damaged liver tissue. Milk thistle is very powerful for chronic illnesses and liver ailments, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Dandelion Root (Taraxaeum officinale) is one of the top cleansing herbs used for the liver. It is a gentle and safe natural detoxifier and blood cleanser used by humans for centuries as a remedy for all types of ailments from hepatitis to skin disorders. It is a nutritious bitter root that cleanses the blood, tissues and lymph. Dandelion greens and roots are wild edibles that grow in moderate climates all over the world. Dandelion root tea can be a great addition to a juice fast for a way to accelerate the cleansing process.
Oregon Grape root (Mahonia aquifolium) is another great cleansing herb for ridding the blood and tissues of toxins and waste products. Tea made from the decocted root is also helpful for liver or gall bladder sluggishness and congestion. It is perfect for skin disorders and those wanting to lose weight. It aids in the digestion of oils and fats, in addition to having effects as a mild laxative. It is often used with other alterative herbs in herbal formulas to enhance their medicinal properties.
Sarsaparilla root (Smilax officinalis) is a blood purifier and has been proven helpful for mercury poisoning. It helps to detox the body by binding to endotoxins in the bloodstream. The saponins in the root have been shown to be effective for clearing up psoriasis as well as reducing inflammation. Sarsaparilla root tea is a common remedy used by herbalists to treat problems associated with severe swelling like gout and arthritis. It is a pleasant tasting tea. The original ingredients in “rootbeer” actually originated as a liver tonic.
There are certain cleansing herbs that work together with liver herbs to help balance intestinal flora, detoxify and rid harmful parasites from the body. These are herbs that act as natural antiseptics that sanitize the tissues, cells and blood. Many of these healing herbs work as mild laxatives that move things through the body and out via the stools.
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) hull is the actual hull of the black walnut, the outer protective casing that surrounds the shell. It is most always used as a ground powder for medicinal purposes. Black walnut oxygenates the blood to kill parasites with its unique composition of juglone, tannins and natural iodine. It is an antiseptic, a germicide, a parasitic and a laxative. Black walnut hull powder is often used with clove powder and wormwood powder to expel parasites from the body.
Turmeric root (Curcuma longa) is a commonly used Ayurvedic herb that acts as a digestive bitter, carminative, anti-inflammatory and potent detoxifier. Turmeric is commonly used as a powder added to foods and is great for those with digestive weakness, skin issues, IBS, colitis or diarrhea. The fresh root or tincture can be used for greater effectiveness at decreasing congestion in the lungs, throat, intestinal tract and stomach. Turmeric’s effect on reducing inflammation is well known.
All the herbs mentioned above are part of the ingredients in our Liver & Gallbladder formula. It is available in capsule form from HijamaHerbs.