Many natural doctors consider a toxic colon as the source of many other symptoms. The colon can easily become a disease-friendly environment, in need of cleansing. Making sure your colon is cleansed from time to time can help prevent seemingly unrelated health problems.
A slower transit time (normal is 18 to 24 hours) allows more toxic substances to be generated and absorbed. An underactive toxic bowel opens the door to disease and can also cause the immune system to become depressed.
Although the claim is made that nearly everyone has impacted toxic material present in the bowel, such claims are not supported by science. Mucous plaques and old hardened fecal material do exist, but in a smaller percentage of people than claimed. If you have ever seen heavy or ropey strings of mucous in your stool, your changes of needing colon cleansing today are increased.
1. Oral Preparations - should contain soluble fibers, possibly various herbs and a bentonite clay. Any bulk (fiber) laxative will work, although individual reactions must be taken into account. Some may contain cathartics like senna and cascara. These may be taken timed around meals or during a water or juice fasting program. Probiotics are a good idea to take during this time to help maintain a healthy bacterial population in the large intestine.
Examples of herbs which may be contained in a formula include:
Irish moss (Chondrus crispus), fenugreek seed extract (Trigonella foenum), slippery elm bark (Ulmas fulva), licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis), alfalfa (Medicago sativa) along with many others.
There are Bitter herbs (wormwood, gentian, yarrow, turmeric, golden seal, aloe, willow bark) astringent herbs (comfrey root, slippery elm, bayberry bark, myrrh, cranesbill), spicy herbs (black & red peppers, ginger, mustard seeds, cardamom, basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme, garlic) and calming herbs (lavender, catnip, comfrey, valerian root). A formula that seems too harsh should be changed or the dosage reduced.
2. Colon Cleansing Procedures - include doing an enema, using a colema board or having colonic irrigations done by a professional. A typical enema uses only a quart of solution at a time, but when used as a coffee enema can have more of a cleansing effect than a water enema. Having colonics or using a colema board is more effective but also costs more than a simple enema.
The typical program will involve taking the oral preparation multiple times per day with a colon cleansing procedure perhaps once per day. Remember to drink lots of water during this time.