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Medicinal herbs that cleanse the Digestive System

Updated on January 11, 2017

There are thousands of medicinal herbs but only a small percentage of them have been used for research studies to learn about their composition and healing capacity. While only certain compounds have been studied to learn about its benefits, natural healers across the globe believe that these medicinal herbs possess the power to heal not only because of one compound but because of its synergistic interactions.

Thanks to ongoing scientific research studies we now know that certain medicinal herbs offer assistance in balancing our internal health and well-being which can have a very positive effect in fighting certain ailments and chronic conditions.

Cleansing the body is the first and most important step in creating a healthy internal environment. There are an abundance of herbs that cleanse our digestive system removing build-up that we have collected over the years.

13 Healing Herbs

Below you will find 13 medicinal herbs with a brief explanation what they are good for. If you take any medication you should consult your doctor.

Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk contains natural fibers which exert a scrubbing action that help remove layers of accumulated build-up. Because of its high fiber content it promotes a healthy digestive system. Furthermore, psyllium husk is one of the medicinal herbs that promote weight loss. Once it gets in contact with water it expands. This automatically reduces our appetite and we eat less. Since it does expand very rapidly when it comes in contact with water, one should be careful how he or she consumes psyllium husk. It can be bought loose or in capsules. Capsules are probably the easier way to take them. If you prefer the powder form, you need to be sure to drink lots of water immediately after taking it.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm creates a soothing substance for anything it comes in contact with. It coats and soothes mucous membranes while absorbing toxins. The inner bark of the slippery elm tree contains mucilage which is used to treat intestinal and respiratory conditions. In can also be applied on top of the skin to cure minor skin irritations or inflammations.

Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seedsimproves digestive functions as this herb produces mucilage protecting the digestive system and preventing constipation. Fenugreek has also been a very effective medicinal herb to lower blood sugar levels in diabetes patients as well as lowering cholesterol levels. It can also help with the production of red blood cells. Some people even report improvement in the frequency of migraine headaches. Fenugreek seeds also increase the production of milk in nursing mothers. Women do report that the size of their breast increase with the regular intake of fenugreek.

Irish Moss

Irish moss protects the cardiovascular system from cholesterol build-up. It is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins balancing our digestive health. It has also shown to be effective in fighting several digestive conditions. Irish moss has a very detoxifying effect on the kidney and bladder.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root is a herb that aids in the elimination of body toxins in several ways. It increases the secretion and flow of urine. It can also help dissolving urinary stones. Marshmallow root protects the mucous membranes stimulating healthy bowel movements. It has also shown to reduce inflammation in the lining of the stomach reducing the risk of ulcers.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of those ancient healing plants that seem to be the answer for many chronic conditions and even diseases. Ancient cultures swore on the powers of aloe vera juice. Today this superfood plant has made a comeback not only as a skin rejuvenator but as an internal cleanser creating internal balance and providing our body with full spectrum nutrition, a superfood that contains all vital ingredients. Pure aloe vera juice removes old build-up. It creates intestinal balance, improving digestion and eliminating constipation.


Kelp is a wonderful choice in providing the body with essential vitamins, minerals and even the essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein. It is a good source of iron which supplies our blood cells with oxygen. Increased oxygen supply also means an increased metabolism encouraging toxin removal. Due to the ability to increase our metabolism and boost our energy it is an excellent herb in promoting weight loss.

Red Clover

Red Clover is considered a natural estrogen. It can improve unpleasant conditions during menopause. Furthermore, It reduces the risk of blood clots and arterial plaque. It contains the natural blood thinner coumarin. Red clover has also shown to relieve cough and respiratory system congestion. Red clover can also be used temporarily during a body cleanse as it removes acidic waste from kidneys.

Burdock has been used for blood cleansing in China for many centuries.

Black Walnut contains essential Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, protecting you intestinal health from parasites.

Dandelion purifies the blood and balances liver health.

Milk thistle supports a healthy liver. In Europe milk thistle is even prescribed to treat conditions of the liver.

Yellow Dock removes toxins from the blood, increases the digestive system functioning by improving flow and production of digestive juices. It further removes toxins from liver improving its function.


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