Senna, Psyllium, Cascara Complex
«All natural and gentle, Promotes regularity, Use as needed»
Combat occasional, mild bloating and those feelings of heaviness with triple-action support. This is one of our best combinations yet for promoting gastrointestinal health. Senna leaf gently stimulates bowel function. One of nature's best sources of soluble fiber, psyllium seed husk is a valuable nutritional tool for supporting colon health and regularity. The final addition to this convenient herbal formula is cascara sagrada bark, providing support for healthy intestinal function and gentle support for regular bowel movements. Use this triple complex occasionally, in those times when you need some regularity help!
Cascara sagrada is an herb commonly used for its laxative effects. It is in the buckthorn family and also called bearberry. The main chemical constituent, anthraquinones, helps to stimulate the bowel and increase fluid in the intestines. It is found in many natural health markets and often used in colon cleansing programs. It is actually one of the few herbs approved by the FDA for over-the-counter use.
How to use cascara sagrada
Cascara sagrada is generally taken by capsule, as a tincture, or as part of an herbal tea blend. The bark contains its medicinal qualities. For occasional constipation, one to two capsules should be taken before bedtime, and following large meals if needed. It should produce a bowel movement in eight to twelve hours. To help establish regularity, it can be taken for up to ten days.
Aside from its use as a laxative, cascara sagrada helps to cleanse the bowel when used as part of a cleansing program. Used in conjunction with psyllium husks or other high fiber agent, it helps to rid the colon of built-up waste, and expel toxins from the digestive system. When used with aloe vera juice it helps to soothe the lining of the stomach and digestive tract.
Because it is so powerful, cascara sagrada has been used along with other herbs to remove intestinal parasites. Its versatility and powerful effects are revered by herbalists worldwide. In fact, the name cascara sagrada, is Spanish for "sacred bark".
Aside from its use as a treatment of occasional constipation, it is believed that cascara sagrada helps to improve the tone of the colon. It is also a natural chelate. According to Clayton College of Natural Health, it has been used as a natural treatment for arthritis, bleeding, blood pressure equalization, circulation, constipation, diabetes, heart, high blood pressure and kidney problems.
Senna, whether found as leaves, in a tea, in a colon cleanse or a weight loss formula, is an excellent, but sometimes misunderstood, laxative herb. Senna increases the peristaltic action of the large intestines by irritating the colon mucosa, causing a rapid transit time through the digestive system.
WARNING: This product contains senna and cascara. Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain as this product may worsen these conditions and be harmful to your health. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea or if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition. Not recommended for extended use.
- 90 capsules
- 550 mg
- Take one capsule one to three times per day with a full glass of water.
Psyllium is quickly becoming one of the top recommendations for people using low-carb Atkins-style diets. It is very difficult to get enough fibre in a diet when you eliminate the carbohydrates in cereals, whole grains and fruits. Psyllium capsules are an easy way to take care of this problem. It fills you with fibre, reducing appetite without overstimulating the nervous system; a much healthier approach than formulas containing ephedra such as Herbalife or Metabolife.
Psyllium is the husk of the seed of the Plantain and is a top herb used in weight control and for general intestinal health. It contains a spongy fiber that reduces appetite, improves digestion and cleanses the system, making it an excellent choice for healthy dieting. Psyllium can provide the fiber that is missing on low carbohydrate diets. Every 100 grams of psyllium provides 71 grams of soluble fiber; a similar amount of oat bran would contain only 5 grams of soluble fiber. Only recently have scientists learned that soluble fiber has unique effects on metabolism. Just take one or two capsules with a glass of water or Yerba Mate diet tea, half hour before meals. The herb also provides a feeling of fullness that is helpful before meals. Psyllium is one of the simplest, healthiest and most effective herbs for weight control.
Psyllium has also been used for irritable bowel syndrome (a stress-related disorder with alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation). Because it will produce easy bowel movements with a loose stool, Psyllium is used by patients with anal fissures (cracks in the skin near the anus) and hemorrhoids and is often recommended following anal or rectal surgery, during pregnancy and as a secondary treatment in certain types of diarrhea.
Psyllium soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, thereby making stool firmer and, under these circumstances, slower to pass. Psyllium also has the additional advantages over other sources of fiber of reducing flatulence and bloating. It may be recommended by a physician to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with hemorrhoids.
In a study of people with ulcerative colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disorder), psyllium seeds were as shown to be as effective as the prescription drug mesalamine in decreasing recurrences of the disease. In addition, a physician may recommend the use of psyllium as a bulking agent for mild to moderate cases of diarrhea from either ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease (another type of inflammatory bowel disorder).
Research reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that the use of soluble-fiber cereals is an effective and well-tolerated part of a prudent diet for the treatment of mild to moderate Hypercholesterollaemia. Soluble fibers such as those in psyllium husk, guar gum, and oat bran have a cholesterol-lowering effect when added to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Studies reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition have shown psyllium to be quite effective in lowering total as well as LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, which can be helpful to those with high cholesterol and those at increased risk for developing hypercholesterolemia, such as people with type 2 diabetes.
Studies and clinical reports suggest that psyllium may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. For these reasons, incorporating psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.
For those simply wishing to improve digestion and intestinal tract health, a single capsule per day is all that is needed.
Uses for Senna
There are about 50 known species of senna. Also known as cassia, senna is used as a thickening agent, the seeds are used in Thai cuisine, the leaves are used as a hair color lightener similar to henna, and it is often used as a purgative and laxative in herbal and traditional health care. Senna is usually taken as an infusion, or tea, made with the leaves. Often marketed as “dieter’s tea,” senna acts as an appetite suppressant and a fast-acting laxative to produce rapid weight loss.
Senna for Parasites
In addition to using senna in his lower bowel formula, master herbalist Dr. John R. Christopher used organic senna as a part of his protocol to treat parasites and worms such as pinworms, tapeworms and roundworms. The symptoms of a parasite infestation are restlessness at night, nose picking, teeth grinding, anal itching and/or a dry cough. Sometimes spasms and convulsions can be caused by worms. Dr. Christopher stated that infestation is usually caused by a combination of poor diet, poor body hygiene and bowel constipation. Eating a diet high in refined and processed (junk) food and starches such as white potatoes (i.e., French fries), white bread and white rice leaves the body susceptible to parasites.
According to Dr. Christopher, a colon cleanse should be performed while fasting on juices for three days. The colon cleanse should contain cathartic herbs, including senna. Anti-parasite herbs may be added to the protocol. After the juice fast, a vegan/vegetarian diet rich in whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds should be adopted immediately. Along with this diet, Dr. Christopher insisted that his patients drink copious amounts of water to flush out the colon. Master herbalist Dr. Richard Schulze also uses organic senna in his colon cleanse formulas, recommending 30 days to clean the bowels thoroughly.
Scientific Support for Senna
According to the National Institute of Health, senna is not considered a cancer risk. In fact, human clinical trials and studies involving mice do not support any current concerns that senna is a risk to humans when consumed properly. In fact, an oral high dose of prescription senna is considered a valid alternative to standard PEG-ES procedures for colonoscopy preparation. Senna proved to be a better colon cleanser, was well-tolerated and accepted by patients in a controlled study. Even the National Cancer Institute recommends a pharmaceutical laxative containing high concentrations of senna to relieve patient constipation. In "MD Anderson Cancer Center Algorithm for the Prevention of Optoid-induced Constipation," all patients receiving optoids should be started on a "laxative bowel regimen" and bowel management education. Recommended treatment includes a laxative containing senna, adequate fluids, exercise, dietary fiber and possibly prune juice.
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