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Best Herbs For Liver Cleanse

Liver is one of the largest glands of human body with the primary function of clearing out the blood toxins and supplying the purified blood to the heart. At times when the liver is not functioning well it results into the ailments which affects other organs as well. The usual signs of liver dysfunction include weight loss, nausea, extreme fatigue, swelling of abdomen, edema, urine darkening and yellowing of eyes and skin. Jaundice is also a symptom of liver dysfunction. The liver diseases can lead to number of other disorders which may include cirrhosis, fatty lever and hepatitis.

For the people who believe in natural systems of treatment and want to avoid any side effects of Allopathic and prescription medicines, the herbs are present as a major source for the treatment of liver related disorders. These herbs are majorly used as the herbal tonics which destroys the harmful effects of liver toxins. The commonly used herbs for the treatment of liver diseases are as described below.

Dandelion is used as a liver tonic in the common herbal remedies for liver diseases. It is particularly effective in reducing the inflammation of liver which is a common symptom of liver related diseases. The herb also helps to enhance the bile flow and provide a good source of vitamins and minerals for the body which in turn protects the liver and boosts the immune system of body.

Liquorice is reported to deactivate and neutralize the liver toxins. It was used in the Chinese medicine for the first time for the treatment of liver diseases. In the research going on in present times, it is being studied for the effects on Hepatitis and other related ailments since this herb has been used from the olden times to treat the chronic hepatitis all over the world.

Ginger is useful in terms of providing the boost for other herbs by enhancing the ability of human body to assimilate them. Liver is responsible for breaking up of various substances from the diet into easily digestible form and supplying them into blood. But in this process it eventually breaks down the useful substances also from the different herbs. Ginger at this place protects these substances from being destroyed and deactivated by liver and hence provides them a path to bypass the liver metabolism process. This activity helps in expression of the effects of herbs and their compounds in the body by passing through the liver metabolism and hence been able to be circulating in the body for a longer time. Ayurveda has also proved that the ginger in corporation with the other carminatives such as black pepper and long pepper helps in digestion of other herbs.

Turmeric is also helpful in the treatment of liver diseases. This is the eastern spice which is responsible for the yellow color of curry. It is very helpful in the treatment and its healthy dose is present in every meal which is incorporated with the curry powder. It is actually bitter in taste and used for the stomach related disorders. This enhances the digestion along with the carminative effect.

Frequently Asked Questions

    what kind of liver cleanse herb can i use if i'm allergic to ragweed?
    I know that some common herbs like burdock and milk thistle are used for a liver cleanse,but should not be used if you're allergic to ragweed.Are there any alternatives?

    • ANSWER:
      In traditional Eastern European herbal medicine, nettle has been often used in liver cleansing mixtures. You can actually use nettle tea alone, or you can make a herbal mixture by using 20 parts of nettle leaves, 20 parts of taraxacum, 10 parts of horsetail, 5 parts of silver birch leaves and 5 parts of dog rose hips.

      I don't know if all of these plants are available where you live, but you can always stick with nettle.

      Hope that helped, cheers!

    How can I do I liver cleanse without the apple/olive oil mix?
    I want to do a liver cleanse but I don't want to do that extreme apple/olive oil lemon juice mixture.

    Is there a way that I can do it with eating certain foods a certain way, slowly over time?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are many other ways to heal your liver, such as herbs like milk thistle or specially formulated liver supplements. Livatrex can help you painlessly pass stones like a liver flush with olive oil and lemon juice, but less dramatic.

      Also there is a liver flush that uses eggs, limes, and oil but is really mild. Some people have success with that.

      Changing your diet will help - healthy fats, cruciferous vegetables, whole grains, limiting sugar, eliminating bad fats. Karen Hurd has a protocol of eating legumes to decongest the liver. Just eating a lot of apples will help, one or two daily. The tart ones are best like Jonathan or Granny Smith.

      Daily lemon water also cleanses the liver and kidneys and is easy to add on to whatever you decide.

    How long do you take an herb before cycling off of it?
    Milk thistle for liver cleansing says to cycle it

    after taking time off, do i go back to same herb (milk th) or go to another herb

    • ANSWER:
      Just take the recommended dosage.

    What foods/vitamins/herbs are good for liver cleansing/general health?
    My buddy's bachelor party is coming up this weekend and I want to be prepared in advance for the aftermath.

    • ANSWER:
      "Liver cleansing" and "detox" products are a scam. Don't waste your money on them.

      The only thing that will remove toxins from your body (be specific, which one? Alcohol? THC?) is time. If you're really concerned about a bachelor party, then avoid all illegal substances, and plan to have a bad hangover for the next few days.

      Enjoy the party!

    What is the best liver detox for someone with HCV x 20 years?
    I'd like to know if there's a way to rid my liver of the effects of alcohol when I go out and have a few drinks.

    • ANSWER:
      The medi-nerds are out in force I see here promoting their ignorance of detoxing. "Beware of detox scams?" Beware of ANTI-DETOX people. A liver gallbladder flush works wonders for the body and I have lots of people that I have helped with doing this type of cleanse. To say you can't detox the body is so ridiculous and only showing great ignorance.

      John Hopkins researchers found intrahepatic gallstones in livers that are causing lots of problems for people. Typical medical diagnostics do not show these stones because they look like ordinary bile when using these tests. Autopsies were used to examine livers, etc. in the studies done by John Hopkins researchers. To remove these stones and gallstones is a very popular DETOXING flush that does remove the stones. I'm always anxious to hear from patients I put on this form of detoxing because the amount of stones that come out and the sizes are always shocking to these people. What I find is that many of these people take jars of their stones to show their doctors that lied to them, telling them detoxing does not work.

      It takes several flushes to totally clean these organs, but the results are incredible. The skin becomes vibrant, the liver starts cleansing the blood better, producing better bile and all the health benefits are marvelous.

      To prevent the problems with alcohol on the liver, you can take digestive enzymes that include all the pancreatic enzymes before drinking. You will not get a hangover the next day. Also, go to the health food store and purchase some prickly pear herbs and take those before going out.

      A little alcohol will not hurt the average person, but excessive drinking will damage the liver and cause a huge build up of the intrahepatic gallstones that crate fatty livers.

      The milk thistle herb will only have a very minor effect on the health of the liver, but it certainly won't hurt it either. Just don't expect great results from taking it.

      good luck to you

    Is there a really good product for a thorough liver and blood detox/cleanse?
    I need a good liver flush. I just started taking Milk Thistle and would like to keep taking it as a protector, but I want to find a detoxification product that I can take for a few days that will really flush out the system.

    • ANSWER:
      There are some good herbal combos that work for that. I have one that has dandelion and milk thistle both in it. And it works for me well.
      Go to your local health food store and examine the herbs section. There are regualr brands of herbs which make many combos of formulas for specific needs. Just look for one that says liver cleanse, and examine ingredients. You then have to learn to dose yourself. There is a suggested dosage, but sometimes, you have to adapt to take less or more as is needed.

      When I first started taking the Liver cleanse herbs, I would feel really miserable. Just an incredibly terrible feeling. It actually took me a few times before I realized I was feeling terrible when I took the liver cleanse, beacause it was working!! then after few years of occasional use, I actually could feel great when taking it. Unfortunately, I'm back to feeling terrible when taking it.
      But expect some physical response while taking it. Try to take it when you're not going to be doing lots emotionally or physically. I also try to cut back on eating lots, just gentle foods, so you don't stress out the body. After all, the liver is what helps keep the body cleaned, so you're cleaning the cleaner. You don't want to freak out the body too much.

      I don't do it for long time. I might take couple pills in morning, maybe at night but usually not for more than a day's effort. it's not like it's a colon cleanse where you've got several yards of cleansing to do.
      Try it every couple weeks if you feel you're in need of good liver cleansing. But I wouldn't do it more than that, in fact probably just once monthly if you wanted a regular schedule.

      Check with the salespeople in your local health food store, they can easily steer you towards good products for your effort.

    How do you cleanse you liver and keep it clean?
    I read that consuming certain foods can cause a buildup called "fatty liver" and that when you have this is slows down you fat burning metabolism. So I want to know how to make sure your liver is clean, which foods to eat and which to avoid etc.
    I do work out daily, and I eat healthy most of the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Going to quote you real fast:

      "I read that consuming certain foods can cause a buildup called "fatty liver" and that when you have this is slows down you fat burning metabolism."

      It's actually far more complicated than that. I'm not going to go into everything here, but there are plenty of ways people burden their livers and destroy their organs -- much of the time willingly.

      To "cleanse the liver," there's only two things you can do:

      1: Stop burdening the liver.
      --- Typically this step involves doing >less.< Eat less, for example. Suck in less car exhaust, drink less cola, wash your hands less, shower less, etc. There are too many things to talk about here, so I'll just leave you with that and move on.

      2: Resupply your liver with what it needs.
      --- This step can be a huge problem for people, because there's so much misleading information out there. In fact, most of that misleading information has "clinical trial" stamped to it and is therefor approved by the government and the masses.
      --- But whatever -- they'll do what they want. I'll tell you the truth: In some way, you need to get just about every basal element into your body, all in different amounts. Magnesium, for example -- or zinc, or molybdenum, or hydrogen, or strontium.
      --- The liver needs many different materials to make tools with. If it can't make its tools, it can't repair itself or deal with the load its obligated to take on. You can cleanse you heart out with herbs and water and all sorts of things, but your liver will never be healthy without the elements it needs. This goes for the entire body.

      So, start researching, but lookout for the liars. Apparently you want to lose weight, which is fine, but be more concerned about your body as an organism. Go on a fast using pure, filtered water or deep-ground well water (get it analyzed), and remineralize it with dark sea salt ("dark" meaning the darkest in color you can find), sea water, or concentrated sea water (w/ or w/o sodium removed). Doing just that, you can expect to healthily lose five to twenty pounds a week, depending of course on how much weight there is to lose and what your body's condition is at the time.

      Hope this helped.

      EDIT: "Cleanse your heart out" was meant figuratively.

    How long does it take to get better from using herbs like chinese herbs?
    essiac tea to clean the blood and body...... liver cleaning stuff and pineal and pituitary cleaning drops
    guggul extract to help with hormones
    ive been taking them for 7 months for cleansing the whole body but mostly for depression...anyone know how long itll take to get better? doesnt 7 months seem like a long time? and i dont drink or anything try to eat properly so as not to contradict any benefits of the herbs.....do i still need to wait or does 7 months seem like enough time to quit now?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Gurjit

      The best way to cleanse your system is with a colon cleanse. Then do a liver cleanse afterwards. You need to educate yourself on detoxifying the body through these cleanses. DO these programs on herbdoc.com (or another site) and your life will change. Take charge or your health and you'll be in control of your destiny!

      Best of health to you

    Can you recommend a cleanse that works quickly to remove sludge from body?
    I tried the master cleanse and did not work, still very constipated after doing 2 salt water flushes and then felt VERY ill.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I have been in this business for quite a few years and have helped people with chronic ailments. I helped a young woman who had not been to the bathroom for 5 days and who had had a MIR Scan on the Monday and by Friday had still not managed to eliminate. I, on meeting her had commented on the color in her face and she proceeded to tell me her story. I told her to visit my home that afternoon and gave her three of the products that I thought would help her condition, namely Herbal Fiberblend, Composure and Herbal Release.

      She went to the bathroom after only one and a half hours and I do believe that the same three products will help you too. I would like you to go to my website www.healthywithaim.com and look at the four videos, I have listed below. All these products can be taken at the same time, but not with meals --- half an hour later or before, will be fine. The fourth product that I have listed below is Para 90. This will be for a parasite cleanse. The reason I am giving you a few products to take is that I want it to work speedily for you. They are all safe to take and I use the products myself and am always so thrilled at the results.

      Check these articles out:

      The Herbal Fiberblend gently opens the colon as the gel within the product swells up, to make way for the movement. Remember to drink plenty of water when taking the products, at least 6 glasses throughout the day and also rest, VERY IMPORTANT. Each of the 17 herbs have a specific function. This product is also a food and cleanses the other organs, namely, liver, kidneys, pancreas, once it has cleansed the colon.

      All these products can be ordered by going to the "ORDER AIM" on my website. In order to get the AIM products at wholesale prices, you will need to become an AIM Member. AIM membership is Free, when you purchase products with a BVP value of 50 points. Delivery is free when the order is a certain amount and can be collected the following day at your nearest Post Office. You will be buying these products at wholesale prices, if you follow the instructions.

      Would love to hear your testimony!!

    What treatments are there for liver failure?
    I am doing research on liver failure in people who overdose on acetaminophen. I was hoping I might find out what some of the treatments are, how long the person has to live without treatment, and what some of the signs and symptoms are.

    • ANSWER:
      HI Pepto

      DO you mean like a disease like cirrhosis? These methods here will heal the issue and all other kinds of internal problems.

      Liver function can be impaired by a toxic bowel. Most pharmaceutical drugs, if taken on a consistent basis, can also cause liver disease. If you are on such medications, be sure to have your liver function monitored regularly (every 3-6 months) by your physician, and consider other healing alternatives that might reduce or eliminate your need for medications.


      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Juniper, rosemary, and rose essential oils can all help stimulate liver function.

      Detoxification: Liver function can also be impaired by a toxic bowel. For this reason, bowel cleansing and rejuvenation techniques may be very important. In severe cases, repeat the bowel cleanse once a month, or as needed, and stay on bowel nutrients for up to one year depending on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment.

      Diet: Diet is extremely important in preventing and reversing all forms of liver disease, including cirrhosis. Eat a low-protein, whole foods diet of organic foods, including seeds, nuts, whole grains, beans, nuts, and goat or rice milk, and also eat plenty of leafy green vegetables. Avoid all alcohol and processed fats such as margarine, hydrogenated oils, and foods with these oils added, rancid oils, and hardened vegetable fats. Instead, use cold-processed oils such as olive. Also increase your consumption of foods high in amino acids and potassium, such as nuts, seeds, bananas, raisins, rice, wheat bran, kelp, dulse, brewer`s yeast, and molasses, and drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Avoid animal protein as well as raw or undercooked fish, and limit your overall intake of fish.

      Also avoid all stressors on the liver, such as overeating, drugs of any kind, a highly processed diet (especially one high in processed fats, additives and preservatives), and foods high in animal protein, and accumulation of toxins from chemicals that have to be processed by the liver such as alcohol, drugs, acetaminophen, insecticides, and chemicals from rancid and processed oils. Toxins from Candida yeast organisms within the body can also contribute to liver stress, as can the use of contraceptives.

      Herbs: Milk thistle is an excellent herb to help in the treatment of cirrhosis because it helps liver cells regenerate. It may be taken in the form of tablets or the non-alcohol extract called a glycerate. The dose is based upon the content of silymarin (the active ingredient of milk thistle) and so standardized extracts are preferable. The typical dosage range is 70-200 mg of silymarin daily. The herb Picrorhiza kurroa is not as well-known as milk thistle, but may have similar effects. Licorice can also be helpful. The Chinese herb bupleurum (chai-hu) may also be helpful, as can the herbal mixture of kutki (200 mg), shanka pushpi (500 mg), and guduchi (300 mg), with is used by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine to boost liver function. Take 1/4 teaspoon of this mixture taken twice a day, after lunch and dinner, with aloe vera juice.

      Juice Therapy: The following juices can help the liver eliminate toxins that cause stress on it: beet and carrot juice and wheat grass juice. To either juice, you can add raw flaxseed oil and garlic as tolerated.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Lipotrophic factor nutrients are essential for aiding liver function. These include vitamin C, vitamin E, silymarin, lipoic acid, and raw liver tablets. Other useful nutrients in this regard include vitamin B complex, vitamin B12, folic acid, niacin (in small doses such as 10-30 mg. three times), liver glandulars, digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid (HCL) and ox bile extract, and the amino acids L-methionine, L-carnitine, L-cysteine, L-glutathione, and L-arginine.

      Caution: For all cases of liver disease, do not use more than 10,000 IU of vitamin A daily and avoid cod liver oil entirely.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of cirrhosis: Acupuncture, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Reflexology, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

    What is the best colon cleanse tea and best body detox tea or if you know of something better than teas.?
    A safe and effective way that is clinically proven. No yogi tea answers ingredients are not proven to do anything to the liver. Only answers frm people that know their stuff!
    Clearly you don't and please don't waste your time responding to questions with your ignorant opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      For colon cleansing, senna tea with plenty of warm water is very effective. as for detox tea, I'm sorry but I don't know--but the herbs milk thistle, dandelion, yellow dock and burdock have a beneficial effect on the liver. I don't know if they cleanse it, but they apparently stop damage from occurring. I was showing increasing liver damage in lab tests until I started taking these herbs and then the damage stopped and my liver enzymes returned to normal.

    Does anyone know of an organic Candida cleansing kit in a powder or liquid form?
    I need to find a good Candida cleansing kit in powder or liquid form because I can not swallow pills. I prefer a kit that is organic. Can anyone tell me where I can find a kit such as I have described?

    • ANSWER:
      Ooh, sounds dangerous. I hope you're in contact with a doctor about this. Yahoo answers is a good place for quick info, but I wouldn't consider it the best place to get important health help.

      Have you done your homework on the condition? I like to use Amazon.com to track down books that have been highly rated by users. Just search on Candida and then start reading through all the reviews. If I'm not mistaken, Candida really needs to be controlled with diet as well as detox.

      Personally, I'm no expert on the condition so I'm not certain what type of detox you need. There are all sorts of different types and, in most cases, I've heard there's an order you should detox. Colon, then liver, then blood and kidneys, etc. I can't guarantee this is true, but I've read it.

      If colon detox is what you're after, I've used a system called Colonix by Dr. Natura. I like it best out of the few I've tried because I have trouble swallowing a lot of capsules myself. I also like the way the detox herbs are organized. It makes sense to me. Basically, the system is in 3 parts: powdered fiber and herbs that you mix into water, tea, and some capsules (significantly fewer than other systems. I think the most you ever take / day is 4). You can find out more from their extensive website, DrNatura.com. As a side note, the product is kind of pricey, but I really appreciated the ready customer service they made available because I did have questions.

      Whatever you do, I don't think we can stress enough how important it is to be in contact with a doctor about all this (if you're not already). Hope you're feeling well soon!

    What is the difference between a "medical" colon cleanse and one that you can buy over the counter?
    Is there a difference other than the time frame involved? This is what I mean, when someone needs to get their colon checked for cancer or polyps or whatever at the doctor's office, they have to drink this nasty liquid stuff the day before that totally cleans your system out.

    Then there is the stuff you can buy over the counter or online. Something like this is what I am referring to....

    Why does one take so much longer than the other... is one more effective?

    What other factors should someone who is thinking about doing this take into consideration? I have heard of hydro cleansing but that is not an option due to the high cost. So that is why I am not inquiring about that now.

    Anyone have any first hand experience with either one of these, even both would be better. Thanks a lot everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not too familiar with medical cleanses, but I have taken an over the counter one and I work for a Vitamin company. Basically its all herbs that are for colon detox (ex. cascarda sagrada, slippery elm, etc) These and other herbs will slowly take the "toxic material" that is in your colon, and the fiber part of the cleanse will flush it out. The one I took was a 2-week whole body cleanse by Enzymatic therapy, and it consisted of liver cleansing herbs (milk thistle) Laxative formula and fiber pills. Basically in week one I took 4 fiber capsules in the morning, 3 laxative pills at night w/ 1 milk thistle tablet and 4 more fiber capsules. The second week it was the same amount of fiber but less laxative and more milk thistle. So, a colon cleanse product will be very close to this. Its inexpensive at some health stores (I've heard Dr. naturas products are good, but they are pricey) Anyways, I hope this helps some.

    what does it mean when ur liver enzymes are extremely high?
    i need help.i went 2 the docters twice and they said my liver enzyms are high what does it mean?could it be harmfull and what do i do 2 lower it.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver enzymes are known as ALT and AST. You
      can read about them here:

      These enzymes could be elevated if you drink alcohol;
      are taking certain medications; are coming in contact
      with chemicals; have developed a virus in your body;
      or the tube like structures that lead from the liver, known
      as ducts, become blocked..malformed...or twisted.
      It can even be caused by hereditary conditions also.

      The ALT enzyme is made in the liver and pertain mostly
      to the liver, the AST is made in the liver but also other
      organs as well. Alk Phos is an enzyme that can be
      elevated if the bile ducts have a problem.
      These enzymes are stored inside the liver cell...if the cell becomes damaged, they are released.
      When liver cell damage occurs, the liver may have
      inflammation. This can be treated and the cells and liver
      can heal. However, if it isn't treated, this will eventually
      lead to death of the liver cells...known as cirrhosis.
      You can read more about it here:

      There are usually two sets of tests the doctors do:
      the liver enzymes to see if there is potential damage and
      liver function tests to see if the liver is able to perform
      the function it usually does to help the body be healthy.
      Other tests are done if they think you contacted a virus:
      like Hep A,B, or C.

      You asked what you can do: this may pertain to you or
      it may not.
      (1)Don't drink alcohol. Alcohol is the number one reason
      for liver damage.
      (2)Don't take any medications except what the doctor authorizes. Many medications, over the
      counter, herbs, herbal teas, are hard on the liver. Be sure
      to tell the doctor about these and any other medications
      that are being prescribed to you by other doctors.
      Most medications go through the liver first,when they
      enter the body, to be processed.
      (3) If you are gaining weight, try to lose some...some people
      develop fatty livers.
      (4)Stay away from chemicals, like carbon tetrachloride.
      (5)Try to stay clear of others who are sick...your body may be trying to heal and you don't want an added strain on it right now. Use hand cleaners when you cannot wash your hands after touching things others have touched. Or that they may
      blow on, like a child blowing out birthday candles.
      (6)Eat well and eat foods that give your body
      all the nourishment, vitamins, and minerals it needs.
      Only take vitamin and mineral supplements if your doctor
      recommends them. Wash all foods others handle, like
      fresh fruits and stay clear of communal foods, like salad
      bars and things people take second dips into for chips,
      crackers, etc.
      (7)Try to rest as much as possible to help your body heal better.
      (8)Stay away from fast fix formulas that say they help the liver...it may cause more harm...like liver cleanses.


      It all depends on what your tests results are revealing to
      the doctor. I have been addressing this through a liver diagnoses view point.

    what should I eat or drink to reduce fat in liver?
    Any kind of herbs or juice are better than counter medicine. I did not drink alcohol or eat fat food. Besides, I regularly went to Gym since 4 years ago.
    Please let me know. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables
      • Use raw vegetable juices
      • Avoid deep fried and processed foods

      Raw juices are an incredible powerful healing tool and can improve the function of the liver, bowels and kidneys. This increases the elimination of toxins and waste products from the skin.

      Recommended juices are:

      • ‘Liver Tonic Juice’
      • ‘Liver Cleansing Juice’
      • 'Antibiotic juice'

      To lose weight, improve your liver function you must avoid ALL dairy foods including milk, cheese, cream, butter, ice cream, yogurt, chocolate etc the fat content of milk is actually quite negligible in terms of weight loss. - dairy foods contain high levels of antibiotics, steroids and artificial growth hormones as this is what the herds are treated with in today's high tech dairies to prevent disease and boost milk production. As with humans where substances go through into breast milk it is the same for cattle - only they neglect to tell you this in the advertisements when they are telling you how great milk is. If you need further info on this please visit www.notmilk.com.

      Try some different brands and varieties of soy as they vary greatly. The fresh soy products in the dairy cabinet are much lighter and not as strong in taste as the long life products. There are also rice milks and oat milks to try

      • Avoid ALL margarines and similar type spreads
      • Avoid deep fried and fatty foods.
      • Avoid sugary processed foods and drinks
      • Limit chicken and turkey that is not free range as this contains artificial growth hormones, antibiotics and steroids that increase the livers workload.
      • Drink 2 liters of water each day.
      • Avoid artificial sweeteners see www.dorway.com

      Healthy Sweetener Use Guide

      Sweeteners to avoid:
      Sucralose (Splenda)
      Acesulfame-K (Sunette, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One)

      Sweeteners to Use:
      Stevia *
      Barley Malt
      Evaporated Cane Juice
      Fruit Juice
      Rice Syrup
      Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) *
      * Safe for Diabetics

    Can young people benefit from kidney and liver cleansing?
    i am a male 21 years old five foot 6inches 154 pounds and is in good health. Ive brought Higasan(liver cleanser blend and Rinosan(kidney cleanser blend. They are made from botanical herb extracts and made by a company called Nuestra Salud. Would I benifit from this and if so can i drink them both together? Also can i mix them together in the same cup?
    i already drunk one cup. will this harm me?

    • ANSWER:
      1. There is no rational reason why you should want to cleanse your liver and kidneys.
      2. There is no evidence that these cleanses work, there is no plausible mechanism for them to work.

    How can I be good to my liver?
    My liver is kinda sensitive. What can I do to make it as healthy as possible?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of things you can do
      to help your liver:
      (1) Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages
      (2) Use only medications prescribed by
      your doctor...medications go through
      the liver first to be processed and broken
      down before going to the rest of the body.
      This includes over the counter med, herbs,
      herbal teas, vitamins, minerals, etc.
      The doctors know what drugs are available
      that may be easier on the liver...there are
      many on the market that are not.
      (3) try to stay away from harsh chemicals,
      like carbon tetrachloride and others.
      (4) What your weight... people who are
      overweight can develop a fatty liver.
      (5) Try to keep from getting sick from others. Use purell when you touch things
      like shopping cart handles, door knobs,
      money, etc. That is if you are unable to
      wash your hands. Becoming ill other
      ways can cause you to take medication
      that could be prevented and weaken your
      body so it is harder to heal.
      (6) Wash fruits, vegetables, and other things
      people touch in the grocery store. Also,
      try to avoid open salad bars and other
      things that people can sneeze or cough
      into or place their hands in.
      (7) Get enough rest, fluids, and be careful
      around areas that may put you in contact
      with others blood or body fluids. Be sure
      to wear gloves and take precautions around
      animal feces, human feces, and anything
      that may have parasites, like dirty water or
      swimming in contaminated water.
      (8) Eat as healthy as you can...limiting foods
      high in sodium. Watch your cholesterol levels. Get regular check ups and physicals
      and blood work. Blood testing results usually catch things early on and in a stage
      where they can be treated.
      (9) Do not go for fad cleanses or special
      herbs unless speaking with the doctor first
      about them. Many herbs have not been
      tested to know, for certain, if they can
      damage the liver or not.

      I hope this is of some help.

    Can i stack a complete body cleanse with hydroxycut hardcore x?
    i wanna lose some weight before spring break. i workout regularly and run and play lots of basketball. i was advised to do a complete body cleanse and get on some hydroxycut im wondering if i should do the cleanse first or if i can do them at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      Justin -
      Detoxing and cleansing have absolutely no medical benefit and are in fact harmful to the dietary tract and internal organs. There is no "build up" of bad plaque in a normal system. Our bodies "detox" 24 hours a day through respiration, sweat, liver, and kidneys.
      We can help detox naturally by eating a healthy diet with minimal added sugar and salt. Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grain foods, beans, peas, and brown rice keep a system as healthy as it can be.
      Minimal alcohol, caffeine, soda. Read food labels. If you can't pronounce it, don't put it in your body. Extreme detoxing diets or supplements actually flush out the beneficial bacteria and enzymes in the digestive system.
      As for Hydroxycut it is nothing but a reformulated mix of herbs - at a premium price.
      One manufacturer had to pay back million for making unsubstantiated claims.
      The original formula was banned by the FDA.

      "On May 1, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning after some Hydroxycut products were linked to liver damage, rhabdomyolysis, and at least one death. The manufacturer then recalled the products. Shortly after the recall, Hydroxycut was "reformulated" with reportedly some different ingredients and placed back for sale."
      Good luck.

    What treatment's are available for end stage liver disease?
    My uncle has been diagnosed with end stage liver disease, he has been told that he has less than 6 months to live by two out of three doctors. One doctor has given him hope, what treatment's are out there? Herbal, or otherwise. Are there any recommendations on specialist to treat this anywhere? Would like to hear of any experience's good or bad, all comments are welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Desiree

      Here are some remedies regarding liver disease. I believe the liver can be cured, but it wont be easy. Doing a liver cleanse (colon cleanse as well) is a must. A lot of different cleanses out there, so do your research. Here are some remedies and testimonials.

      1.Castor Oil Fomentation: to draw out poisons and flush them out of liver etc. In order to get rid of hardened mucus in the body, which may appear as cysts, tumors or polyps, the following fomentation is to be used:

      Soak a piece of outing flannel or baby's diaper in castor oil, squeeze slightly so it won't drip much, then place over entire frontal torso (neck to groin and side to side). Place a hot water bottle (over the castor oil application) over the liver area (the liver is on the right side just above the waist). It should be noted that a heating pad is not too highly endorsed here, unless a wet towel is placed between it and the skin--but even then, a wet heat (such as the hot water bottle) is best. Leave all this on for 1 1/2 hours; the hot water bottle may have to be refilled with hot water several times, because it cools rapidly. The next three days, over the same area covered by the outing flannel and castor oil, massage in circular motion toward the heart with olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes.

      The seventh day is a day of rest, not only from the fomentation, but every part of the program, drinking only water the entire day--and every seventh day thereafter will be done the same way. On the eighth day then, begin again with the castor oil for three days and so forth, along with the mucusless diet. the herbs, etc., until healing is accomplished. In the use of the fomentation, the castor oil goes through the skin into the liver area and lymph glands and starts drawing out the poisons and flushing them out, while the olive oil goes in and heals and rebuilds new tissue. This procedure may have to be carried on between six weeks to six months to properly clean up the system, depending on the case.

      2.Dr. Christopher's Liver-Gallbladder Formula: To speed up the blood purifying process, it is good to have a good clean liver and gall bladder area. When the liver does not function properly, the bile does not excrete freely into the intestinal tract, and so it passes off into the blood stream and throughout the rest of the system, causing a toxic condition called cholemia, causing indigestion, sluggishness, fatigue, constipation, upset stomach, chills, vomiting and fever. Why wait until it gets to this condition? A combination of barberry (or Oregon grape root), wild yam, cramp bark, fennel seed, ginger, catnip and peppermint--will help relieve this condition.

      Suggested dose: 1/3 Cup or one or two capsules or tablets, 15 to 20 minutes before a meal.

      3.Castor Oil: This oil can be obtained commercially and is used for the liver fomentation to open the capillaries of the liver. It is an excellent external healing oil for discomforts of windburn and is good for massage. But we never use castor oil internally or for a laxative. We often suggest opening up the capillaries of the constipated liver by applying a cotton or flannel cloth which has been soaked in hot castor oil over the area of the liver (on the right side of the body under the rib cage). Place a wet, wrung out hot towel over this cloth and a hot water bottle over that. Keep the fomentation warm for 20 minutes and then alternate with a cold towel fomentation warm for 20 minutes and then alternate with a cold towel fomentation for five minutes. Repeat the hot fomentation and then the cold. This can be continued for about an hour and a half. This has relieved pain of congestion in the liver and other organs such as the gall bladder and the pancreas.

      4.Juices for Liver Trouble: Carrot-beet-cucumber, apple, dandelion, grapefruit, lemon.

      5.Cayenne: There are safer ways to stimulate the gall bladder. One is by taking cayenne pepper orally. This has been reported in medical journals to trip the gall bladder reflex and promote the flow of bile naturally. As we mentioned before, bile is concentrated toxic material recycled by the liver. It acts like a natural laxative. The gall bladder (known in certain surgical circles as "the gold bladder", as we mentioned in an earlier newsletter, because of the tremendous amount of money spent on yearly gall bladder operations), is a reservoir which stores the bile for timed release into the digestive tract where it mixes with other digestive aids. When this organ is removed, the caustic bile drips directly into the duodenum and can cause duodenal ulcers. Dr. Christopher's Liver and Gall Bladder Formula, composed of barberry, wild yam, cramp bark, fennel seed, ginger, catnip and peppermint, can safely rebuild the diseased liver and gall bladder and help them to function normally because this formula is a specific food for these organs. The liver is recognized by medical science as a highly regenerative organ. it can rebuild itself even if there is only one-tenth of it functioning.

      1.Carrot Juice: One of the most common misconceptions regarding carrot juice is that one will start to develop orange or yellow colored skin after steadily drinking the juice because of the carotene content in the juice. This is not true. The development of yellowish skin is due to the fact that carrot juice is a great liver cleanser and the toxicity within the body is coming to the surface. Keep up with the carrot juice and the symptoms will soon disappear. The formerly constipated liver is reconditioned once again to experience a free flow of bile the excess of which is eliminated through our largest eliminative organ, the skin. I have personally experienced this phenomenon during a time when we prepared hundreds of gallons of carrot juice a week for sale. Because the juice was so abundant and available, I drank it for nearly every meal...sometimes instead of meals. My wife soon commented upon the yellow cast which my skin began to take on. I continued drinking the juice, however, and within a week my skin color was back to normal. But my liver had gone through a wonderful cleansing! It is often a surprise to me that the most learned of health authorities will try to sell you the carotene theory without any sort of proof, personal experience or background.

      2.Dandelion: A classic story about the use of Dandelion is often repeated. Around the turn of the century, A Dr. Sparks wrote,"Fifteen years ago I was afflicted with the liver complaint. I used all my skill trying to cure it but failed. I then tried two physicians, Doctors Wilson and Jordan, but without success. An old nurse told me that Dandelion was an effective folk remedy for this disorder, so I decided to try it. Using Dandelion promptly restored me to health. It then became my favorite prescription for liver complaint, either by the simple extract of the herb or by taking a teacupful of a strong decoction of it twice a day. In almost every instance I have succeeded in restoring those who have used this plant."

      There are plenty of answers to solution, so keep exploring.

      Best of health to you and your uncle.


    how long does it take to get better from using herbs like chinese herbs?
    ive been taking them for 7 months for cleansing the whole body but mostly for depression...anyone know how long itll take to get better? doesnt 7 months seem like a long time?

    • ANSWER:
      What herbs/formula are you taking? What kind of herbal preparation?(decoction, tea, capsules...)
      Depression is extremely treatable and curable.
      You shpuld have seen results by now.

      Could you be doing anything to contradict your treatment?
      In Chinese medicine, the goal is to correct the imbalance causing the disorder. Say, for example you are taking a formula to calm an overactive liver(ex. high blood pressure) But are drinking regularly, you would not see good results because the alcohol is stimulating the liver to be very active.

      The same can happen with the wrong diet, or drugs.

      Also,make sure you have a good doctor, and condsinder a exclusive treatment plan just for depression.

    Anyone know of an alternative to cod liver oil?
    A friend of mine is having problems with anemia and is taking iron supplements and eating meat, but still having problems. I know that cod liver oil is really good, but she is not so enthusiastic about downing that stuff, and I have to say, I don't blame her. As someone who is sometimes borderline anemic myself, I thought I would see if anyone knows of any kind of supplement alternative to cod liver oil, and preferably something that doesn't taste as nasty. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      She should change her diet, of course, and take multivitamins, but as an alternative to cod liver oil, she could try:

      Blackstrap molasses, also known as pregnancy tea (1 tbsp. per day in a cup of hot water), is a good source of iron, B vitamins, minerals, and is also a very gentle laxative.

      Spirulina, or blue-green algae, has been used successfully to treat both microcytic and macrocytic anemias. Dose is 1 heaping tsp. per day.

      Alfalfa (Medicago sativa), dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root or leaf, burdock (Arctium lappa), and yellowdock (Rumex crispus) have long been used to fortify and cleanse the blood. For mild cases of anemia, they may help bring levels of hemoglobin into normal range. Dosage is 1 tbsp. per cup of water. Simmer roots for 20 minutes and leaves for 5 minutes. A single herb, or a combination of these four herbs, may be used.

      She could get all those things at the health food store.

    Does anyone have any idea how to do a liver cleanse ?
    I would like to know what herbs to take, how to do it at home and also how to do it chemically or through a doctor but I would really prefer to do it at home I want it to be very effective and it should last long.It should not be a mild cleanse but a strong one.Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Lemon water and fish r great for u'r liver. !!

    How long can you take herbs for homeopathy/holistic use?
    I have heard certain herbs like Echinacea should only be taken a few months before cold/flu season starts and not everyday all year-round, or otherwise, they are not as effective, as you build up some sort of immunity to its effectiveness.

    Is this true for most herbs? Or are there other herbs that can be taken all the time - like Ginseng, Garlic, etc. as a daily supplement for overall health or Milk Thistle/Dandelion to cleanse/detox the liver?

    While I am familiar with all of the benefits of herbs, and know about shelf-life, expiration dates, know that the FDA does not approve certain herbs, etc., I am still unclear about long-term use/effects. Can someone please clarify any known long-term use adverse affects of any known herbs?

    Thank you in advance for your help/information.

    • ANSWER:
      as a trained chinese herbalist i can ell you that yes, there are absolutely some herbs that you should not take for extended periods of time.

      garlic is fine on a daily basis, and is nearly impossible to overdose on (unless you're a vampire or planning on breathing on anyone ;)

      ginseng on the other hand is a tonic, and is designed for long term use IF (i stress if) you are of deficient constitution! it can have detrimental side effects if taken long term or in doses that are too large (insomnia, sweating, anxiety...). a trained chinese herbalist can tell you whether or not you are of a constitution to use/need ginseng.

      liver detox herbs such as milk thistle or dandelion also need to be dosed correctly, as too much at once can lead to nausea, headaches etc (especially if you aren't used to cleanses.) as for use over time, cleansing herbs should be used seasonally, typically in the spring, and avoided at other times unless warranted by something like a surgery (anesthesia), food poisoning, etc. too much cleansing can over-stress the body and end up draining your energy instead of increasing it.

      there are a number of other herbs that are sold otc and each herb has different contraindications etc. my advice to you would be to consult with an herbalist before considering taking anything or if you have any questions/concerns.

      hope that helps!

    What herbal supplement can I buy to help dissolve artery plaque?
    I have read about Ginger root, fish oils and all these suppliments to keep your arteries healthy but i want to know what herb helps destroy or dissolve artery plague?? I do eat right but i want an herbal aid also.. Thank you for your time... I hope its something i can buy at walmart maybe a Spring Valley product??? Any suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      The best suggestion I can give you is this...............
      Go to a local health food store, NOT GNC, and look for male supplements. Those mostly with a yohimbe, Red clover, licorice root, and maybe some balancing agent such as wild yam or black cohosh. Red Clover tea 3 times a day is great to help cleanse the blood and keep things moving. The other herbs are mostly to help balance hormones to regulate blood and blood platelets as well as male stamina, sexual health, and muscle integrity.
      Adding additional garlic (fresh as possible not pill form) about 4 to 6 cloves a day in every thing you eat does wonders in lowering cholesterol and the build up of plaque in arterial walls and even in your mouth on your teeth. Adding some apple cider vinegar to your daily diet of 1 to 2 tbsp a day with a meal will help reduce acid reflux as well as cleanse your blood, kidneys, bladder, and reduce a fatty liver. I would recommend a liver detox once every 4 months for the first year and twice a year after that. This will get rid of parasites, fatty deposits, and other bacterial deposits that will improve the function of your liver which will help reduce plaque in your arteries so it won't build up. Prior, you will want to abstain from any alcohol this includes wine and beer or any firmented drinks or fruit juices for atleast 30 days before and after. Start using a soy based cooking oil or Extra Virgin Olive oil when cooking. Add flax seed to every meal. You can sprinkle it on top of what ever you are eating at each meal, but do not cook it. It is tasteless but has the beneficial live omega 3-6-9 that will help your heart.
      I know you were looking for just one supplement but there is not a "one do all" that will help. These that I have suggested are best and cost effective ways to help and tasty too. I feel that when we had done this for my brothers over the last 5 yrs that this has been the biggest help. My eldest brother was diagnosed with possible heart problems and when a blood test was taken it showed high bad cholesterol as well as fatty deposits and plaque formation in his blood. The first 8 months we did this his cholesterol was lower, very few traces of plaque, and showing no signs of possible blood clots or arterial damage. By the second year he was taken off plavix and one blood stabilizer. Now he is not on any meds for plaque or high blood pressure and the doctor said he was in the best shape he had been in years, internally as well as outside. He had lost almost 25 lbs in the first 8 months and was regaining much of his muscle definition back. The color was back in his cheeks and he had more energy than he had had in the past 10 yrs. He is currently 55 yrs old. I did as much research I could about the alternatives and that is what he has used for many years and still to this day.
      I hope this will help you too.
      Live long and happy.

    What are some home remedies to detox the body?
    I have been experiencing adbominal bloating and problems with my skin lately. I have taken laxatives and herbal teas and nothing seems to help the bloatness. I want to cleanse my body from the inside out.......and just don't know how to do it!

    • ANSWER:

      Home Remedies

      The body tends to heal itself if given the right support. Fruit, vegetables and herbs are a gentle way to promote healing.

      Herbs used in Detoxification

      Dandelion is held in high regard as a detoxifier. 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. Licorice Root's antioxidant, antiviral, and antibody-stimulating properties make it a liver protectant and detoxifier.

      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.

      Fruit and vegetable juices assist in detoxification.
      Fruit and vegetable juices are the cleansers, energizers, builders, and regenerators of the human system. A combination of either fresh, raw fruit or vegetable juices will supply all the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, protein and fats critical to increased vitality! By adding live juices to one's diet as a daily routine, many have experienced a rejuvenating effect and healing of various illnesses such as cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, alcoholism and smoking. Supplying the body with easily-absorbed nutrients, while the body is cleansing itself in the fasting state, avoids the dangers of total abstinence associated with water fasting. Be confident that this method is both safe and beneficial.

      Grapes: There are between 40 and 50 different varieties of grapes that come in a rainbow of greens, whites, reds and purples. Grapes fill the mouth with an explosion of delicious flavors. Grapes are an excellent source of potassium, which encourage an alkaline blood balance and also stimulate the kidneys and regulate heartbeat. The restorative power of grapes is phenomenal, cleansing the liver and removing the uric acid from the body. In France, many people go on a grape fast during harvest time. Studies have shown a lower incidence of cancer in the areas of France where this grape fast is practiced yearly.

      Asparagus: Available in early spring. It can be expensive due to the difficulty in cultivating. Its claim to fame is the amino acid aspargagine that is destroyed by cooking. Aspargagine is a strong diuretic, stimulating the kidneys. Asparagus is a great blood cleanser and excellent for healthy bowel maintenance.

      Parsley: Ancient civilizations have used parsley in medications and in poultices on wounds, boils, cysts and to draw the pus out of an infected cut. Parsley is one of the highest sources of life-giving chlorophyll, which acts like iron to oxidize the blood. Chlorophyll will help neutralize the strong odor of garlic, and is used in chewing gum to sweeten breath. It is a cleanser of the kidneys, liver, and urinary tract. Parsley is effective for upset stomachs by stimulating digestive enzymes. Excellent for the colon by encouraging the peristaltic wave in the intestines.

      Spinach: Never cook spinach. Oxalic acid is destroyed when heat transforms it into oxalic acid crystals that are harmful to the kidneys. It also binds to iron, making it unabsorbable.

      Sweet Potatoes
      Besides being a yummy source of beta-carotene, sweet potatoes and yams have an unusual health side effect: they can remove heavy metals from the body. In fact, doctors in the Soviet Union have prescribed a diet that's heavy on the spuds for factory workers continually exposed to toxic chemicals.

      Sweet potatoes contain something called "phytochelatins". This helps them bind to harmful substances like copper, cadmium, mercury and lead which most of us are exposed to on a regular basis from air pollution. The phytochelatins help pass these toxins out of the body."

      Cranberry Juice
      A powerful healing tonic filled with quinine, which changes to hippuric acid in the liver. Hippuric acid is able to assist in the removal of purines, uric acid, urea and toxic build-up in the prostate gland, testicles, kidneys and bladder.

    Are there any herbs that are good for your liver?
    Are there any herbs a part from milk thistle that are good for the liver, or a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Burbock is a cleansing herb, its root works best as a diuretics and diaphoretic. It has been said that Burdock helps to promote the flow and release of the bile, which not only helps in cleansing the liver, but also in digestive process. Its root have been used for purifying and flushing toxins from the blood stream.

      Dandelions is a excellent tonic for liver as it clears obstructions, reduces congestion, and stimulates the liver to eliminate toxins through the blood. It promotes bile flow, supporting digestion and it also has a laxative effect.

      Red Clover is a Liver purifier also a relaxant, and an appetite suppressant.

      Turmeric is known in Ayurvedic medicine as the king of spices. The bitter spice helps cleanse the liver, purify the blood, and promote good digestion and elimination.
      The principal component of tumeric is curcumin has powerful antioxidant action that fights against viral infection, cancer, and arthritis. It stimulates the gallbladder for bile production, and scavenges free radicals.It enhances the liver detox process and speeds up healing. Curcumin also prevents alcohol and other toxins from being converted into compounds that may be harmful to the liver. It can reverse the adverse effects of excessive iron consumption on the liver.
      However, be reminded that Turmeric are not to be used for enhance liver function for people with certain health condition such as those with congestive heart failure, toxic liver disorder etc.

      I hope my information can help you :)

    Will the sea salt water flush be good enough to cleanse the colon?
    Will this work as good as taking some supplements and enemas? I want to do a liver flush but I heard that you would have to do a colon cleanse first, so i was wondering will the sea salt flush be good enough prior to doing the liver flush.

    • ANSWER:

      I'm afraid not. Sea salt is good for cleansing your sinuses, but not effective as a colon cleanse.

      Why? Because many toxins and waste that build up in your colon will just not be affected by salt water passing through the lower and upper intestines and colon. You need a formula that contains the effective natural herbs and fiber that all work together in removing the fecal matter and toxins that are trapped in your colon.

      I recommend looking at the colon cleanse products review and finding one that's right for you.

    How to detox body before starting a diet?
    Ive decided on saturday i am going to detox my body before starting loosing weight. I want to do this so my body can be fresh and get rid of all the bad stuff i have been eating recently. Obviously you need to drink alot of water but what else helps you to cleanse yourself from the inside? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I, for one, believe wholeheartedly in detox. But, only in the proper way otherwise it may make matters worse. Many folks assume that the body is quite capable of ridding itself of the plethora of "junk" it comes in contact with and come out smelling like roses - that's just plain ludicrous. Yes, the Supreme Being did create a wondrous marvel, our body, as we are designed with organs and systems (colon, liver, kidneys, bladder, lymph and skin) that work around the clock to rid the body of "toxins" (cellular waste, digestive waste, foreign proteins, heavy metals, etc.) that occur due to what we eat, drink, breathe, put on our skin and even from the stresses of our daily lives. Problems will and do arise when our organs/systems are overloaded with work, impeding proper function and elimination. Essentially, If our bodies could handle all of this, there would be no sickness and disease, point blank!

      When we feel below par or have symptoms of dis-ease, we are experiencing the effects of the build-up of toxins. This is another name for "acidosis" of the body. And, this is what needs to be addressed and reversed through a proper detox. Most people get it wrong when they think to "purge" the body of toxins with the many detox diets, programs or pills out in the marketplace that may do more harm than good. What needs to be done and is the real meaning of detox - Alkalize! This is the golden key that opens the door to health and vitality.

      Here's what happens: Acidosis causes obstructions in either one or more of the 3 energy flows of the body - blood, nerve and lymph. Looking at the lymphatic system (which is the main system that is stressed), lymph fluid should be free flowing towards the kidneys that should filter out the acids. With the accumulation of too many acids (acidosis), the lymph fluid becomes cationic - an environment where things start to get sticky and coagulate, allowing very little to be eliminated. Any good detox regimen should aid in removing the obstructions by changing the body fluids to alkaline. This is a major start down the road to repair and rebuilding of the body.

      Most detox diets/programs can be unhealthy and don't work only because they are not alkalizing. In many cases, they are designed to purge the body of so-called toxins. When purging is involved, what is happening is your body is being forced to function the way it should be functioning on its own. So, the solution to this inability to rid of something foreign in the body (obstructions) is to strengthen the cells so that they may perform this task of elimination optimally. Now, there are instances that a very "constipated" organ/system needs a little nudge and this nudge should be gotten through a natural means and for a short length of time, such as with the use of herbs - an alkalizing means…. not with chemicals that are acid-forming, making matters worse.

      Drinking tons of water to "flush" is not an advisable approach to detox. This is because, if you're acidic, your body will retain water as it tries to "put out the fire" of acidosis and bloating is experienced in most cases (and especially since most of the water people drink is acidic!) This approach holds no water (pun intended) since when you release your bladder, it is usually clear after drinking lots of water. The fact is, if your kidneys are filtering the lymph optimally, you would have cloudy and flakey pee.

      In essence, your diet should be your detox! A detox diet should include 80% (total calories) raw fruits or freshly-made fruit juices, 10 - 15% greens and 5 - 10% essential fatty acids. Meat, dairy products and even grain products hinder the natural detoxifying processes and should be totally avoided. They are acid-forming or congesting in the body. If your body is very acidic (sick and diseased) adding tissue-specific herbs or herbal formulas are a great plus. Even animals in the wild know which herbs to consume when they feel below par! By following this way of healthy eating, your body's elimination systems will be able to function optimally! Detoxing any other way sets you up for failure since it's most likely not an alkalizing protocol.

    What detox kit would you guys recommend?
    I've been wanting to detox, but I am not sure what's best.
    There is this one called the Acai Berry 14-day Cleanse which is loaded with anti oxidants. Would that be safe? What about a 48 hr. cleanser?

    Anyone know of a good website or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Detoxification should ideally begin in the mind. The first step towards full body todex should be your decision to start fresh and with a clean slate.

      Generic diets for detoxification are good, but may not stimulate the liver, lungs or the kidneys as much as one would like. Over time, by introducing supplements, herbs and other substances (which are usually organ specific) that will amplify your body's ability to process out the excessive level of toxins, a full body detox can restore systemic balance. Of course, herbs are foods too and provide one with vitamins, minerals and enzymes for excellent nutrition. Herbs are powerful, because they may be combined together to fortify those herbs that aid specific organs.

      For people suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or chemical dependency, detox can play a major role in helping you bring yourself back to a natural state of balance and harmony.

      Dandelion and Fennel are just two herbs that have been used throughout history to cleanse and aid body detoxification, rejuvenate liver functioning, and kick-start the body back to life! Pelargonium reniforme is another ingredient that also works on promoting optimal liver functioning and supporting the body's natural ability to break down and eliminate fat for a natural detoxification.

      You may get details on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/d/detoxification.htm

    is there any food you can eat to cleanse your liver?
    I am on several meds, and would like to eat some foods that will help my liver detox naturally...Any suggestions?
    I wanted to stay away from herbs if possible. Any WHOLE FOODS I can add to my diet?

    • ANSWER:
      milk thistle herb..www.healingfoodreference.com and supplementreference.com look up www.wellnessresources.com they have some great stuff...

    How to clear fat from the liver?
    My doctor says my live is packed with fat which is due to a medication I was taking for many years. She put me on Milk Thistle to help cleanse it but I am wondering what else I can do to clear the fat from my liver. Are their certain foods or vitamines i can take with what I am taking that can help?

    • ANSWER:
      Ways to Clean your Liver
      Turmeric, an antioxidant, and choline and inositol (both in soya lecithin) added to the diet can aid fat metabolism. Boldo tea strengthens the gallbladder, silymarin strengthens the liver along with other herbs like dandelion. The most important mineral is magnesium - and 40 per cent of Americans were found, in research, to be deficient in magnesium. You can find out more in our nutritionals section. Magnesium is found in a variety of whole foods from nuts to grains. It is also the mineral in Epsom Salts.

    who has tried an herbal liver cleansing?
    what kind of herbs are used and what do you eat/drink? Are there any side effects from this?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common herb is milk thistle. No adverse effects at all. That's something that you only get from pharmaceutical drugs.
      Milk thistle has been shown to not only detox your liver but speed regeneration of new liver cells.
      Avoid using alcohol or pharmaceutical drugs which are known to cause liver damage.

    How can i make a detox drink for my liver?
    I Have symptoms of liver overload.

    • ANSWER:
      You can overload the liver by taking bunch of Tylenol and alcohol and lipitor, etc. etc.
      Why you think doctors check blood levels of some patients on some certain meds?
      I think I heard long time ago as teen that eating poisonous mushrooms can cause irreversible damage.

      For cleansing, you can ask doctor to check your liver---enzymes---blood levels, especially if you're on prescribed meds. known to cause damage (I think all meds, pesticided foods, synthetic drinks, and herbs do something or other to body---you have to choose which is better to do--the disease without the med or the med that cause other condition). If the doctor finds something, he can help you.
      For at home practice, you can try fasting, water fast or juice fast. There are many books and websites on this subject, and you do not need to fast very long each time you fast, just 24 hours and up. Drinking a little water can help clean the body by diluting toxins and replace fluids. Just don't drink too much all at once or you get sick too. Even too much water too fast can make you very sick--to death. Also fasts can be dangerous because of the toxins building up and coming out of the body that are being expulsed, but the longer fasts can make you feel better when toxin symptoms go away. I urge you to do research study on this before you do or just do for a few days only and not very often. And ask people who have done safely before.
      The liver can regenerate itself, and you can look that up too. If you have the money and believe in this being o.k. within your religion, you can do liver tissue donation for self later. If not, and you have concern for liver damage and toxins, try not to eat or take things that damage it, eat and drink healthy.

    How do I do a body cleanse?
    I've just been eating very unhealthy lately and would like to do a cleanse but I am not sure about how to go about doing it. Any information would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! I've never done any cleansing but my boss did once. He was very happy with the result.

      I've done some research for you and found an interesting product. There was even site where you can get a free trial, but I place it in source. Just have a look on the description of that and I hope you gonna find something useful for you.

      Colon cleansing is preventative health care, rather than a treatment for a disease. It is critical because it helps to detoxify your body of all the unnecessary and unwanted toxins that build up in your body. It is also regarded as a safe and alternative method to treat many of our symptoms and problems. Colon cleansing is a procedure of cleansing the body, resulting in the release of toxins, poisons, carcinogens and free radicals. Natural colon cleansers are also available and if you think you don't have much time and money for clinic sessions, you can do colon cleansing at home.

      Detoxification is necessary to rid our body of toxins that accumulate as a result of an unhealthy diet, environmental pollution and chemicals, and a constant use of antibiotics. Cleansing your body with an effective, all natural colon treatment is a good way to approach parasites cleansing, weight gain, IBS, severe gas and bloating, etc. Cleansing, also called detoxification, is our body's normal process of elimination, a function that occurs daily through our colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph and skin. Cleansing reactions are part of cleansing and are not the same as "side effects" normally associated with medication.

      Naturally, the colon in our digestive system is responsible for holding wastes. Natural colon cleansing involves a cleansing diet, which consists of some efficient herbs that are known for killing certain harmful parasites and worms. Body detox is one of the effective way to keep us healthy, help our digestion system and put all the toxins out of the body. Natural colon cleansing involves taking a balanced diet and additionally, a few herbal supplements that help kill the harmful bacteria and in removing excess of toxins.

      Colon cleansing herbs are of paramount importance to the health of the body as they can eliminate the many toxins in the body system which the body cannot

      normally expel. Colon cleansing herbs are available in two different forms -- namely, a pre-made formula or just as single herbs. Colon cleansing herbs are simply mixtures of herbs that have been found to help expedite the removal of waste from a person's body in an efficient way.

      Bowtrol is a special blend of herbs that have unique abilities to clean your colon and complement it for optimal health. Bowtrol is the only natural remedy that is clinically proven effective for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

      P.S.: Happy Holidays!!!

    Recommend a good cleanse to clear lungs and liver?
    A friend has recently quit smoking (a couple weeks ago) and relatively heavy drinking (a month and a half ago) and is looking for a cleanse which can help specifically target the areas which were damaged by abuse.

    • ANSWER:
      Check out some of the vitamin/herbal online stores. They should all have sites offering supplements/herbs targeting specific conditions.

      I personally use milk thistle (silymarin) 3-4 times a year to cleanse my kidneys and liver as my medications can damage both. I've told my doctors and they say to continue taking it.

      Be careful though and do research as many companies make claims about their product that are false as they use inferior ingredients compared to what the researchers used in testing the benefits of said ingredients.

    What are the best teas to drink for weight loss and liver cleansing?

    • ANSWER:
      Most teas and herbal teas, if you drink them unsweetened, are not going to harm your attempts at weight loss. However, they're also not going to provide very strong benefits either. Any teas that make you lose a lot of weight quickly, do so by harming your body (i.e. laxatives or other ones that disrupt your digestive system). There is a small amount of evidence that tea (including green tea, black tea, oolong tea, Pu-erh, white tea, etc.) provides modest weight-loss benefits, but these benefits are often overstated or exaggerated. I have a page explaining this:


      If you are going to drink tea, PLEASE buy from a reputable tea company. DO NOT buy from a company selling tea as a weight-loss product. These companies usually sell low-quality tea that isn't very fresh. My tea site only lists legit tea companies, not weight loss scam companies, so you're safe browsing the listings there: http://ratetea.net - Buy from a company that focuses on flavor and freshness, and that clearly identifies what variety of tea they are selling, and where it comes from.


      In terms of the liver. You don't need to drink anything additional in order to detox. Your liver and kidneys and other systems will naturally clear things from your body and heal over time. The key is to stay stressed.

      Now, in terms of protecting your liver, if you know you are continuously being exposed to toxins, that's a different question. As an example, ibuprofen and a number of other painkillers can damage your liver if you take a lot of it. There are herbal teas that you can drink that will protect your liver from this sort of damage, and from other sorts of damage as well. What tea to drink really depends on what you are looking for and what is going on in your body. If you really want to get into this you could consult a trained herbalist, but I can give you a few ideas:

      One herb that has been shown to provide some protection to the liver is Tulsi, or Holy Basil:


      Tulsi has many effects on the body, mostly positive. It reduces stress and anxiety, and shows some evidence that it can treat depression too. It is relaxing. It also lowers blood sugar, and can be used to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes. It also functions as an anticoagulant / blood thinner. It's safe for most (not all) people to drink regularly, basically if you're not already on blood thinners, or getting ready for surgery, it's safe to drink.

      Also, a general rule though? In terms of keeping your body in balance, it's better to eat and drink a lot of different things instead of loading up on any one thing. Your liver becomes stressed if it has too much of any one chemical. So if you're going to drink teas or herbal teas, I'd try mixing it up. My site also lists a lot of different types of herbal teas if you want to learn more: http://ratetea.net/style/herbal-tea/6/

      Good luck!

    Abnormal white cells and enlarged Liver, what does it mean?
    My friend has been sent to a blood specialist to try and find out what this is and they are referring him for a CT Scan because of the liver. Any idea's how serious this could be please?
    The hematologist did mention Cancer too.
    Well actually she said *maybe* it could be a form of cancer but I forget the terms exactly!

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, when there is an enlargement of the liver, it is because of inflammation.
      There are a number of things that can cause
      this: alcohol consumption, medication toxification, chemical exposure, fatty liver,
      hereditary disease, autoimmune disease,
      viral or bacterial hepatitis like Hep A,B,C..
      biliary duct obstruction or malformation,
      mushroom poisoning, etc. Inflammation
      is caused because the white cells of our
      body is responding to harm done to the organ or a foreign organism entering the
      body. Inflammation can be treated and
      if the cause can be stopped like not taking
      alcohol, only taking medication prescribed by the doctor and no others, staying away
      from chemical such as carbon tetrachloride
      and even losing weight if they have a fatty
      liver ....then the liver cells can heal and the
      inflammation will go away. However,
      some causes like those in the above list
      cannot be helps like hereditary, etc. The doctor will still try to treat the inflammation in hopes of slowing down any damage that
      may have been done and stopping any
      further damage, if possible. But, if
      the inflammation continues, it can lead to
      the death of the liver cells and then this
      disease will progress until all the cells may
      die. Here is a link on Cirrhosis of the Liver...http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cirrhosis/article_em.htm
      Some people do develop cancer in the
      liver, but they are usually shown to be
      tumors in the liver and it can turn to cirrhosis.

      This is what I suggest the patient to do now
      until the testing is done to be certain of the
      cause and the treatment needed:
      (1) Do not take any medication other than
      what your doctor prescribes. All medications go through the liver first to be
      broken down before going to the rest of the
      body. Tell the doctor all medications you
      are on...this includes over the counter,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals,
      muscle building meds and any drugs
      that other doctors have prescribed for you.
      (Do not stop any medication prescribed
      unless your doctor authorizes it).
      (2) Try to stay clear of other people who
      are sick, have been sick, or been around
      others who are sick. Right now, you don't
      want to become ill with colds, flu, etc....
      if will make you take even more drugs and
      also weaken your body from healing. It
      is best to use hand sanitizer like purell or
      germ x when you cannot wash your hands.
      Especially when you touch things others have touch like shopping cart handles, phones, money, door knobs, etc.

      Each liver problem is treated differently
      according to what they find is wrong.
      People who are known to have a problem
      with the liver has to be very careful in what
      they decide to do: don't fall for liver
      cleanses, herbal remedies, etc for a quick
      cure. These are for people who are
      healthy, not someone already with a problem.

      I hope this information has helped you and
      will help your friend. I also hope it turns
      out to be something that can easily be

    My liver is getting bigger and hurting more every day, what else will happen to me?

    Im 51, haven't had alcohol for 3.5 years. I have Hep. -C from the military.
    My penis is too large to fall off.
    Baa Baa, no, its not a joke, i was referring to the 1st joker.
    Thanks for the info. I just had an operation for Diverticulitis. I still owe them tons of money i don't have.
    In my mind, i cant go back there because i owe them money.

    • ANSWER:
      You have gotten excellent advice from Baa Baa but I think that you should be aware that there are conditions under which hepatitis C (HCV) might be covered by VA, This is especially important if you have only had one of the two diverticulitis surgeries, as well as needing treatment for the HVC.

      You can find a location near your home at the site below. Are you an enrolled veteran? If you are there may still be a co-payment. You will need to discuss this at a VA Health Center. You may also be able to open a claim for disability compensation.

      There doesn't seem to be a relationship between HCV and Diverticulitis. But you know that you probably need to make dietary adjustments to increase your fiber intake.

      You also need to make other lifestyle changes over and above not drinking any alcohol. According to one source "The protocol incorporates lifestyle change, and implements healthy diet, body cleansing, exercises and different traditional and natural therapies"

      I realize that no medical condition we can have which makes it easy to smile about the tensions of life but the less you stress your body, the easier it will be for your medical conditions. Smiling is a good start and being able to laugh is even better.

      There is no vaccine for Hep C but if you have you can take Milk Thistle an herb which will stimulate the liver in a positive way. We have used Silymarin or Silyburn marianum for medication detox in a few instances. There is anecdotal support for taking both Milk Thistle and Schizandra berries in combination to support liver health. The thing is, this therapy is usually done alone with Interferon and Ribavirin treatment.

      Left untreated, hep C will probably result in cirrhosis of the liver, it may already be happening. If you have not already contacted the Veterans Administration about your HVC, I suggest you do so because one possible treatment is Interferon and Ribavirin if other treatments have failed. Pegylated alpha Interferon and Ribavirin therapy is not cheap but it may be an option for you through VA, it will be worth the effort to at least check out your limited options.

      You can read more at the NIH website:

      Obviously if your liver continues to enlarge the inflammation caused by the Hep C and is not treated allowing cirrhosis (liver failure or liver cancer) to develop, your prognosis will be considerably bleaker.

      Please find online VA support should you file a claim and have it denied. There are veterans organizations which might be able to help you file and appeal (if the latter is necessary)

      Do not delay - the pain is telling you something serious.
      Oh yes, work out a repayment play with the hospital - they are usually willing to do so despite the way they talk to you.

      Best Wishes

    Who would you call to have your home checked for mold?
    I've had problems with allergies and tried different medications that don't seem to work completely. Mainly i have a lot of throat congestion. I've heard that mold can be the cause. The problem started shortly after i moved into this home.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi JewelAir

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue. You also need to learn about cleansing the body of toxins by doing a colon and liver cleanse to heal for long term.

      Cause of Allergies
      Overall, the underlying causes of allergy and sensitivity are dietary and lifestyle factors specifically titled as imbalanced immune function, barrier function default (such as "leaky gut" syndrome), and toxic overload. Each of these are, in varying degrees, responsible for the development and continuation of allergy and sensitivity.

      Herbal Medicine: There are a variety of herbs that offer relief from allergies, such as goldenseal, red sage, and goldenrod. To reduce mucus, try astringents such as yarrow and myrrh (Commiphora myrrha). These help to contract inflamed tissues and reduce secretions and discharges. To strengthen immune response use echinacea, astragalus root, goldenseal root, and Pfaffia paniculata (suma or Brazilian ginseng). These herbs can be effective and safe for treating weakened immune systems.
      Eating raw Garlic and Onions will provide relief as well. The more you use the faster the relief will come.

      Cayenne pepper is a favorite herb among those treating allergy patients. The active ingredient is a strong anti-inflammatory, and it is recommend to allergy suffers, including asthma patients, as a simple and effective treatment. Sprinkling liberal amounts of the pepper on meals for a few days can provide relief. Or better yet eat them raw and sweat for a few minutes. Watch your sinus clear up quickly.

      Although herbal remedies have shown excellent results in reducing allergy/sensitivity symptoms, using herbs to treat allergies involves an individual approach. Some particularly effective anti-inflammatory herbs are stinging nettle, Ginkgo biloba, and licorice. Chinese skullcap, ephedra, and feverfew are others to consider for treating allergy symptoms. Patients whose conditions are severe should consult with a trained herbalist or naturopath.

      A major symptom of allergies is gastrointestinal upset, including bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Demulcent herbs can alleviate these symptoms (demulcent is a term used by herbalists to describe an herb that has a protective effect on the mucous membranes by minimizing irritation). The most commonly used herbs are marshmallow, slippery elm bark, cabbage juice, okra, fenugreek, and aloe vera.

      Homeopathy: Homeopathy has widespread applications for the treatment of allergies. In many situations, minute diluted doses of the substance a person is allergic to can be prepared as a homeopathic solution that triggers the body`s natural ability to heal itself.

      Homeopathic remedies are best prescribed by a competent homeopath. Self-diagnosis is discouraged due to the variety of factors that must be considered before the appropriate treatment is selected. However, the following remedies can be helpful: Ferrum phos, lycopodium, and silica.

      Juice Therapy: A juice fast of organic vegetable juices for 2-3 weeks can help detoxify the body, thus improving its ability to cope with allergies. Two useful juice combinations for this purpose are beet, carrot, and cucumber; and carrot and celery. For added benefit, add a small piece of ginger root to either juice combination.

      Best of health to you

    Every year before Thanksgiving, I get allergies that turn into heavy sinus and chest congestion. What is it?
    I've tried many over the counter remedies, but I always lose my voice and it stays bad until some time in January. It doesn't seem to be contagious, I would love to find out how to get rid of it, and get my voice back!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Judy

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the allergy and voice issue as well. You also need to learn about cleansing the body of toxins by doing a colon and liver cleanse to heal for long term.

      Cause of Allergies
      Overall, the underlying causes of allergy and sensitivity are dietary and lifestyle factors specifically titled as imbalanced immune function, barrier function default (such as "leaky gut" syndrome), and toxic overload. Each of these are, in varying degrees, responsible for the development and continuation of allergy and sensitivity.

      Herbal Medicine: There are a variety of herbs that offer relief from allergies, such as goldenseal, red sage, and goldenrod. To reduce mucus, try astringents such as yarrow and myrrh (Commiphora myrrha). These help to contract inflamed tissues and reduce secretions and discharges. To strengthen immune response use echinacea, astragalus root, goldenseal root, and Pfaffia paniculata (suma or Brazilian ginseng). These herbs can be effective and safe for treating weakened immune systems.

      Eating raw Garlic and Onions will provide relief as well. The more you use the faster the relief will come.

      Cayenne pepper is a favorite herb among those treating allergy patients. The active ingredient is a strong anti-inflammatory, and it is recommend to allergy suffers, including asthma patients, as a simple and effective treatment. Sprinkling liberal amounts of the pepper on meals for a few days can provide relief. Or better yet eat them raw and sweat for a few minutes. Watch your sinus clear up quickly.

      Although herbal remedies have shown excellent results in reducing allergy/sensitivity symptoms, using herbs to treat allergies involves an individual approach. Some particularly effective anti-inflammatory herbs are stinging nettle, Ginkgo biloba, and licorice. Chinese skullcap, ephedra, and feverfew are others to consider for treating allergy symptoms. Patients whose conditions are severe should consult with a trained herbalist or naturopath.

      A major symptom of allergies is gastrointestinal upset, including bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Demulcent herbs can alleviate these symptoms (demulcent is a term used by herbalists to describe an herb that has a protective effect on the mucous membranes by minimizing irritation). The most commonly used herbs are marshmallow, slippery elm bark, cabbage juice, okra, fenugreek, and aloe vera.

      Homeopathy: Homeopathy has widespread applications for the treatment of allergies. In many situations, minute diluted doses of the substance a person is allergic to can be prepared as a homeopathic solution that triggers the body`s natural ability to heal itself.

      Homeopathic remedies are best prescribed by a competent homeopath. Self-diagnosis is discouraged due to the variety of factors that must be considered before the appropriate treatment is selected. However, the following remedies can be helpful: Ferrum phos, lycopodium, and silica.

      Juice Therapy: A juice fast of organic vegetable juices for 2-3 weeks can help detoxify the body, thus improving its ability to cope with allergies. Two useful juice combinations for this purpose are beet, carrot, and cucumber; and carrot and celery. For added benefit, add a small piece of ginger root to either juice combination.

      Best of health to you

    How does one get rid of warts on hands and feet permanently?
    My young nice (8 years old) suffers from warts on her fingers and feet. Has had it removed professionally a number of times but it just keeps on coming back.

    • ANSWER:
      HI Xandre

      Here are some answers and remedies for the issue. Need to really look at her diet and learn about detoxing the body by doing a colon and liver cleanse to rid of the toxins in the blood.

      Warts are caused by any of 35 viruses and are often a consequence of poor diet and nutrition, poor hygiene, and, in the cases of genital warts, unprotected sex. Warts also become more common as a consequence of aging with corresponding diminished immune function.

      Caution: Some warts can turn into cancerous tumors. If they do not seem benign, consult with a physician immediately.


      Natural Cures

      Note: Natural healing of warts may require one to two months of care, with the wart disappearing suddenly in one to three days.

      Aromatherapy: Lemon essential oil applied topically can speed healing. Thuja oil is also effective for dealing with warts.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are high in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables, cold-water fish, eggs, and sulfur, such as onions, garlic, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli. Avoid all refined and processed foods, sugar, unhealthy fats, and excess animal proteins, as well as milk and dairy products.

      Herbs: a.Onions for Warts: Warts have been said to disappear when treated perseveringly with raw onion dipped in salt.

      b.Wild Lettuce for Warts: The expressed juice is "much regarded as an application to boils, abscesses and carbuncles, and if put upon warts will cause them to drop off.

      c.Garlic for Warts and Moles: Here is a very successful routine for removal of these unwanted growths called moles, or warts. Take a button of garlic, slice or cut in two, and placed the cup area over a wart of mole. Tape it on, and as it dries out put a fresh piece. Many users have reported good results.

      d.Cashew Oil: The cashew oil, which must be used with great caution, is used as an application to warts, corns, ringworms, cancerous ulcers.

      d.Potassium Deficiency for Warts and Moles: When cysts or tumors grow in places where they can be seen outside the body, often we react by having them cut out. This defeats healing by working on the effect instead of the cause. You can cut cysts out, tumors off, and burn warts off (which are also a potassium deficiency), or get rid of as many moles as you wish, but unless you go to the cause, they will grow back again, and you may end up with as many or more cysts, tumors, moles as before. Different signs of potassium deficiency will keep popping out on the body because the condition that needs correcting is on the inside. You have to go into the cause, Dr. Christopher always insisted, which is the way we have been eating.Potassium sources: There are several ways to receive your potassium. Dr. Bernard Jensen sells a potassium broth made from dehydrated vegetables. Dr. Bronner makes a similar, excellent product. You can also make your own potassium broth by simmering equal parts of red potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, and herbs to taste. Raw vegetable and fruit juices also flood the system with potassium.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Thuja, Causticum, Calc carb., Ruta grav., and Graphites.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Recommended nutrients include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, garlic capsules, and L-cysteine.

      Topical Treatment: A solution of garlic oil, vitamin E, castor oil, and zinc oxide cream can be applied topically to warts.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating warts: Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

    How does one get hypo thyroid and are there any natural CURES?
    I know someone who was diagnosed with hypo thyroid. Of course she was given a prescription for the diagnosis, but she wants some natural cures. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Raynpetal

      Here are some ideas to heal your friends condition. Also be sure to do colon and liver cleanse to clean out the toxins in the blood.

      Cause: Hypothyroidism can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. All of these factors need to be screened for and addressed before lasting relief can be achieved.

      Sulfa drugs, lithium, synthetic estrogen, and antihistamines can exacerbate hypothyroidism symptoms. In addition, if you are on thyroid medication, increase calcium supplementation to reduce the risk of bone loss.

      Low thyroid function may also be due to Hashimoto`s disease, a condition in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies that attack it, thus lowering thyroid hormone output.


      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that are naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, vegetables, and root vegetables (such as potatoes). Also, increase your daily consumption of foods rich in vitamin B complex, such as whole grains and raw nuts and seeds, and foods rich in vitamin A, such as dark green and yellow vegetables. But avoid foods that slow down production of thyroid hormone, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnips, kale, spinach, peaches, and pears.

      Herbs: Mild cases of hypothyroidism can be helped by herbal bitters such as gentian or mugwort, while constipation due to low thyroid function can be improved by yellowdock, butternut, or cascara sagrada. St. John`s wort can also be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Calc carb. in a dose of 1M once a day is very useful for treating hypothyroidism and improving overall thyroid function.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Lifestyle: Regular aerobic exercise can play an important role in helping to regulate thyroid hormone production.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Organic thyroid glandular extracts can help restore normal thyroid function, but should only be used under the supervision of your physician. Other useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, essential fatty acids, iodine, kelp, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

      Alternative Professional Care: If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hypothyroidism include: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga.

      Best of health to both of you

    What is a healthy and manageable way to detox?
    I recently decided to make a lifestyle change and instead of eating whatever I want I'm sticking to lean proteins or low fat dairy, a few servings of whole grains (high in fiber), some fruits, and lots of vegetables. I used to smoke pot everyday and cigarettes here and there so I feel like DETOXING wouldn't hurt.

    Does anyone know simple tricks to a painless detox? I've read things online like "ONLY EAT TOMATOES" but that is not practical for me! Thank you!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Detoxification should ideally begin in the mind. The first step towards full body todex should be your decision to start fresh and with a clean slate.

      Generic diets for detoxification are good, but may not stimulate the liver, lungs or the kidneys as much as one would like. Over time, by introducing supplements, herbs and other substances (which are usually organ specific) that will amplify your body's ability to process out the excessive level of toxins, a full body detox can restore systemic balance. Of course, herbs are foods too and provide one with vitamins, minerals and enzymes for excellent nutrition. Herbs are powerful, because they may be combined together to fortify those herbs that aid specific organs.

      Dandelion and Fennel are just two herbs that have been used throughout history to cleanse and aid body detoxification, rejuvenate liver functioning, and kick-start the body back to life! Pelargonium reniforme is another ingredient that also works on promoting optimal liver functioning and supporting the body's natural ability to break down and eliminate fat for a natural detoxification.

      While herbs may be taken at any time, they are best for detoxification purposes when they are used with a good diet also. It does not make any sense to take herbs to cleanse the liver if the bowels are clogged with junk or refined foods, since the liver dumps its toxins into the bowels. And while detoxification diets are effective by themselves, they may be reinforced and speeded up with herbs, which stimulate the eliminative organs.

      Detoxification diets help the body to eliminate toxins in many ways. First, natural vegetarian diets include the fiber needed for stimulating good bowel eliminate. They also contain the proper amounts of vitamins that feed and nourish the bowels and the liver, as well as other eliminative organs. They also include a valuable source of enzymes since most vegetarian diets are eaten raw. The elimination of meat from the diet for a short period enhances detoxification because meat is so difficult to digest and requires many enzymes for its digestion. Therefore, vegetarian diets are cleansing diets and aid the body in elimination of toxins.

      Get details on these if you wish from here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/d/detoxification.htm

    What's a natural good way to detox your body?
    I'm starting a new work out system next week and want to detox but without the outrageous expensive pills that usually make you sick to your stomach.
    lol Erica hmmmmmm not from alcohol. I'm talking about just detoxing your body to purify your body.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are open to alternative health methods, I have had success with a 1) vegetable juice fast (inexpensive), a 2) liver detox (fairly inexpensive, some supplements involved), and 3) detox pads (on the more expensive side).

      1) If you have access to a juicer, celery is great to juice for detox. I've used the following combination to great effect (celery, garlic clove, lemon, cayenne pepper, salt to taste). In my experience, 2-4 weeks max without solids without becoming extremely depleted.

      2) Dr Hulda Clark's (controversial figure due to some pretty aggressive claims) liver cleanse. Although I think some of her materials are hard to believe, I've had great results with her liver detox (she publishes it for free on her site). There are some supplements involved, but fairly inexpensive, and you don't have to buy them from her. The cool thing is, at the end you will pass stones from your liver, and feel amazing for about a week.

      3) Detox foot pads - there is quite a bit of skepticism on whether these work. You wear them on your feet and toxins come out onto the pads.. I'm not sure if it's not just the herbs changing colors (they claim to test them), but they are doing something, as I sleep great with them.

      Several years ago I did a hair analysis test, then did the combination above for 2 months, and a second hair analysis that showed a significant decreases in toxic levels (especially aluminum, mercury, & pcb's).

    Does anyone know of any good herbal remedies for hirstuism?
    I have polycystic ovarian syndrome which unfortunately causes excess facial hair growth. I am disgusted and frustrated with this problem. I've tried the pill(side effects didn't agree with me) and I can't affort the pricey hair removal treatments. Can anyone out there offer me any advice for this problem? I wonder if anyone has tried any supplements or herbal remedies that have worked?

    • ANSWER:
      Hirsutism is caused by excess of androgens in the body of the woman. It can be caused by exposure to androgens in diet and environment. It can also be caused by excess stress which really affects the whole body not just your mind. It can also be caused by hypothyroidism which causes a host of other problems in the body. It can be accompanied by tumors or not.

      Hirsutism can cause social anxiety and mental distress because of how women, women's body and "beauty" are viewed in society.

      I have had hirsutism for the last 5-6 years. I am 31 at the moment so it's definitely not a menapause or age related thing. At first it was minimal, and so I attributed it genetics. but about a couple of years ago, my hair started growing so profusely and rapidly that it scared the crap out of me. I did some research and took some herbs that literally slowed down and sometimes even stopped the growth. I also discovered that I had hypothyroidism which is part of the cause of the hirsutism. Also, intense mental stress, which had a lot to with my social and family environment and with traumatic experiences of childhood, caused my body to react the way it did.

      I still take the herbs because it takes time for the herbs to effect the system and heal it. I believe that the right medication, lifestyle, diet, environment, mindset, can all help to heal the disease.

      I use Saw Palmetto quite a bit. A tea or decoction of the following herbs is quite helpful.

      Vitex Chaste Berry
      Saw Palmetto
      Black Cohosh
      Goat's Rue
      Stinging Nettle
      Pygeum Africans
      Schizandra Berry

      I also take other herbs that all affect the sexual hormones of the female body. For example, the following herbs really help with my painful menstrual cycle and general overall hormonal health... which in turn helps the issues of hirsutism amd hypothyroidism.

      Dong Quai
      Schizandra Berry
      Shatavari etc.

      I take things that help with hypothyroidism which can be a cause of hirsutism.

      Seaweed especially Bladderwack
      helps a lot.

      I also take things that help to de-stress the system.

      Gotu Kola
      St. John's Wort
      Flax seeds
      almonds or almond oil etc.

      Raw foods help a lot. I absolutely do not use non-organic dairy. I am even picky with the organic dairy that I buy for not all organic companies allow a healthy diet and lifestyle for the cows. I would recommend, if you can do it, getting off dairy completely for a while. It helps slow down the hair growth. Only do organic foods and cut out sugar. If you want to do sugar than I have found maple syrup, honey, agave to be better substitutes. I also found Rapunzel Rapadura to be an excellent and more nutritious substitute for regular sugar.

      Don't forget exercise especially Yoga helps a lot. And so does meditation. Creating a soothing sacred environment in you home and work place if possible really helps to heal the mind and body. We are really unaware of how our environment and the people we are around affects our bodies and minds.

      I would also recommend staying away from regular cleansers, bleaches, detergents and switching to more natural products that don't hurt the body. We may not realize it but they do end up in our system and affect the organs of hormone secretions. Minimizing use of plastic, styrofoam and other such volatile materials that break down easily and get into our food, water and body directly affect our hormonal health. I no longer use plastic bottles or eat in or with plastic materials. I no longer use the microwave to heat food. I filter my water with a reverse osmosis filter which is very important.

      By the way, a lot of the hormones injected into the cows get defecated and urinated out of the their system and end up in our water supply. It takes months for them to break down and they don't get filtered out before they come through our tap.

      Also, doing liver, kidney and colon cleanses helps quite a bit. Liver health and balance is really important for metabolizing all the hormones and what not in our system.

      These are some ways that have helped and are still helping me to heal from hypothyroidism and hirsutism. It takes time but it works.

    What is the best and most natural method for a detox?
    I am doing some research on detox and various ways of going about it. I am looking for natural, organic methods of detox. My questions are, have you detoxed before? How long is the process? What does it do exactly? What are the outcomes? Do you think it's healthy and how often should it be done?

    • ANSWER:
      A herb called milkthistle is a natural way to clean out toxins from your liver, etc & it's a gentle way to do it. I used a product called Legalon I think, which was basically milkthistle in tablet form. I guess maybe doing this once or twice a year until the box or bottle is finished.

      I've also tried the drastic product called Colozone. It's very high in magnesium & you take it every night for 7 days & it flushes out your system just like a colonic. It's pretty drastic though, like every morning you have to run to the toilet because it all comes out like liquid diarrhea! It sure did work for cleaning out your system (you should only do this once per year) but it was quite an experience.

      Also psyillium husks are good for intestinal cleansing. It's a powder you put in orange juice & drink everyday, it's basically a gentle fibre & very good for your system, particularly if you tend to not have muesli or anything like that for breakfast. It basically just keeps you having a regular daily bowel movement. It's also very inexpensive & you can get it at your health store. Doctors often recommend it for people who don't consume enough fibre in their diet & maybe get constipated sometimes or aren't having a bowel movement every day.

      A product called HMD heavy metal detox is the best on the market for using if you think you are overloaded with chemicals from things like hair dye you've been using or maybe you've been doing something around chemicals like painting your house or something. It's quite expensive though & not worth it unless you think you're sensitive to chemicals. Also anti perspirants are bad re the chemicals they release into your body (like aluminium cholorhydrate) & you should only use ones with natural ingredients (although it can be a search to find one that actually stops the smell of sweat - I've only managed to find one - it's called Spring Fresh deoderant by Natures Gate in California). Try googling it to buy online if it's not available locally.

      How do I know all this? Trial & error & my naturopath has recommended all this to me & she knows all the good brands (as some are bad quality). So there you go, I've spend a few hundred dollars at my naturopath to find all this out & now you have the same info for free!

    What kind of food or drink has diuretic properties?
    Every summer I have the tendency to retain water because of the heat. Right now, I am retaining water. If there are foods or supplements out there to help me that would be great. I can go to my doctor to get a water pill but I want to try the non-medicine way first. Thx.

    • ANSWER:
      The following foods and herbs are know to have diuretic properties:

      Celery seed (and plant)
      Juniper berries
      Other foods (common in the Western diet) also have a diuretic effect:

      Excessive animal-based protein

      Diuretic Diet Plans
      A diuretic diet plan can help to alleviate symptoms of PMS - such as bloating and headaches.

      Aim to eat small amounts of starchy carbohydrates (such as breads, rice, etc).
      Avoid salt and salty food products.
      Drink plenty of water and herbal teas.
      See herbs above.
      Avoid sugary foods.
      Eat fruit and vegetables.

      Natural diuretic
      More and more people are resorting to natural foods and herbs that exhibit diuretic properties instead of diuretic pills. Moderation is the watchword even in the case of natural diuretics. Natural diuretics can aid in removal of excess fluids from the body and aid in treating of sciatica, kidney stone, lymphatic swelling, PMS, gonorrhea, liver disorders and high blood pressure.

      Green tea is a natural diuretic food that has been in use for centuries in China.
      Consumption of cranberry juice can aid in removal of excess fluid retention.
      Apple cider vinegar exhibits natural diuretic properties and in addition maintains the potassium levels. It can be added to the salad dressing.
      Dandelion is often used as a natural diuretic.
      Nettle has natural diuretic properties that facilitate good cleansing.
      Dandelion leaf tea aids in detoxification and has a beneficial effect on those suffering from cystitis and urinary tract infections.
      Fennel has carminative and diuretic properties and is frequently used in seasoning food.

      Diuretic food
      Natural foods with high water content such as watermelons and cucumbers help increase urination and better flushing out of toxins. Cucumbers are rich in sulfur and silicon that stimulate the kidneys into better removal of uric acid. Watercress and artichokes are also natural diuretic foods.

      Asparagus contains asparigine - a chemical alkaloid that boosts kidney performance, thereby improving waste removal from the body.

      Brussel Spouts help in stimulating the kidneys and pancreas. This helps in better cleansing of cells.

      Beets are natural diuretic foods that attack floating body fats and fatty deposits.

      Oats contain silica - a natural diuretic.

      Cabbage is known to aid breakage of fatty deposits, especially around the abdominal region.

      Carrots are a rich source of carotene that speeds the metabolic rate of the body and hastens removal of fat deposits and waste.

      Lettuce aids better metabolism and flushing of toxins.

      Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C that aid the metabolism and release of water from the kidney to flush out waste.

      Other than the other excellent properties that Garlic possesses, it is a natural diuretic food that aids breakage of fat. Horseradish, raw onions and radish speed up your metabolism.

      Good luck xx

    What are some ways to detoxify your body without chemicals?
    I'm not doing any of that chemical cleanser or enema stuff. What are some other ways to detoxify? I've be drinking distilled water, which seems to work great.

    • ANSWER:
      The amino acid cysteine bonds with heavy metals, so adding cysteine to your diet as a supplement or as a food is a very good idea. The wiki entry has a listing of different foods that contain higher levels of cysteine (eggs are a personal favorite of mine, for instance - good sources of protein, good source of nutrition, taste great).

      Without water you can't flush anything out, so drink lots of water. Sweating, preferably through excercise, and urination are the only ways you can "flush" anything out of your system (in the way that you mean flush).

      Most chemical cleansers are combinations of different herbs that have diuretic properties. If you consume an herb that makes your urinate more, you will drink more water. Ergo, the flush. That said, why not just drink water? You're on the right track, there. Herbs are drugs, and you should be careful about what drugs you put into your body. Just because they're natural doesn't mean they're safe. Caffeine is a diuretic - drink some coffee or an energy drink if you need that kind've thing.

      Water doesn't have to be distilled - as long as its reasonably clean you're okay. Your body has built in purifiers (liver, kidneys, etc), and they can handle some trace elements and a bit of salt in your water.

      Enemas are a waste of time, as far as "cleansing" or "flushing" goes.


      EDIT: Do NOT eat 2 cups of nutmeg! WTF are you thinking? This will accelerate your heart, could potentially make you feel like fainting or like your chest is pounding or your heart is in your throaght, you will probably get the sweats.... this is a reallly really really really bad idea. Nutmeg is an herb that is used as a spice, and is to be used carefully when cooking, and certainly not to be used in large quantities!

      Jeez... just be safe, okay? You can purify your body by eating less processed foods (no fast food!), drinking lots of water, getting plenty of good sleep, and excercising at a healthy level for your age and medical condition. There are no silver bullets, no magic compounds that will "do it all" for you, no electroshock therapy treatments at a spa that will "purify" you, it takes some dedication but it can be done.

      There are a lot of people who want to take shortcuts, who don't want to spend the time it takes to do it right. These shortcuts are either ineffective, fraudulent, or dangerous. 'Nuff said.

    What is the best detox to help jump start diet?
    Im going to start a low carb diet and was wondering why kind of detox type thing would really help get things going? Suggestions anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Many people detox to lose weight (hence the many varieties of starvation detox diets) or use it in order to continue with unhealthy and over-indulgent lifestyles! The dangers come in when people chose unsafe detox methods without considering the harmful side-effects, such as colonic irrigation, or liquid-diets that rob the body of essential nutrients.

      It is therefore important to explore detox options and choose one that gently assists the body, without causing any harm during the process. It is also not advisable to use detoxing as a quick fix weight-loss plan as this promotes “yo-yo” dieting that has been linked with weight-gain.

      There are many herbal ingredients that may aid in a natural detoxification of the body. Dandelion and Fennel are just two herbs that have been used throughout history to cleanse and aid body detoxification, rejuvenate liver functioning, and kick-start the body back to life! Pelargonium reniforme is another ingredient that also works on promoting optimal liver functioning and supporting the body's natural ability to break down and eliminate fat for a natural detoxification.

      One such natural remedy is http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/detoxdrops.htm which has gained considerable popularity due to its zero side effects, support realistic and healthy weight management programs, and its supportive function in maintaining liver health and well-being.

      Check it out and see if it helps. It seems, it generally does.

      Good Luck!

    What is the best over the counter medicine to cure a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection & I won't it gone!! I have been taking acidophilus pills, is there anything else that I can take?

    • ANSWER:
      You may be experiencing the symptoms of candida (yeast) or something else, but what is clear is that your body (and perhaps your immune system) is telling you that it is out of balance.

      A traditional method of treating candida is to drink a glass of water with 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar prior to each meal. However this is more helpful as maintenance, not so much with a full blown infection.

      I suggest that you cut out all sugar (fruit, white sugar, fructose, etc) and processed food (ie white flour), and severely limit carbs/starch. This is what feeds the candida.

      The OTC methods will only take care of the problem temporarily and don't get to the root your problem.

      Try a gentle detox program such as the one by Wild Rose. It provides herbs that you take prior to each meal for a 2 week period which will rid your body of candida and other toxin while supporting your liver. It also provides a guideline for your diet during the 2 weeks with severe restrictions on carbs.

      This will help you to re-establish a healthy flora in your body, cleanse your liver so it can rid your body of toxins and start you on the path to healthier eating habits.

      If the problem continues, go to your primary care provider for a pap smear and swab for cultures.

      Best of luck!

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