Contains herbs and extracts known for their ability to cleanse waste material from the colon and relieve constipation. This formula is also designed to help the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and other digestive organs function properly.
COLON TLC™ offers several improvements upon the classic bowel cleansing formula developed during the 1940's. From earliest times, man has attempted to improve his health and well being by using herbs to help cleanse the bowels. Historically, the ancient herbalists taught that many problems of modern health could result from a constipated colon or lower intestine that accumulated layers of mucus, hardened fecal matter and decaying food. Accumulations like these were thought to build up year after year, until the opening of the colon was dramatically reduced in size. These putrid accumulations were believed to be partially reabsorbed back into the bloodstream causing chronic poisoning of the blood and were thought to lay the foundation for more serious illness.
The commonly produced fiber-free foods, created by food processing, which discards the fiber, bran, germ,vitamins, enzymes, minerals, etc. leaving only sticky white flour, sugar and fats are blamed for these colonic accumulations and hard to evacuate food residues.
Traditional herbalists believed that certain mucus forming foods such as flour, eggs, meats, milk, cheese and starchy foods, formed glue-like substances (mucus) that stick to the colon wall. This glue-like substance is built up layer after layer, year after year.
Herbalists pointed out that certain herbs generously given to us by the American Indians had the ability to increase the flow of blocked digestive juices (from the liver, gall bladder and pancreas) and break loose, old hardened mucus fecal accumulations. This enabled the body to be cleansed of its chronic toxic influence.
COLON TLC™ contains Cascara Sagrada, Oregon Grape Root, Slippery Elm, Fenugreek, Guar Gum, Fennel, Turkey Rhubarb, Wood Betony, Barberry Root, Cayenne, Jamaican Ginger, Bayberry Root Bark and White Oak Bark.
Now, let's look at these ingredients in detail!
CASCARA SAGRADA (Rhamnus purshiana) is an official laxative herb long valued by the American Indian traditional herbalists and it is still used today for constipation of the colon. Cascara was said to help increase the digestive excretions of the stomach, pancreas, liver and colon. Only the bark aged one year or more is useful, as the fresh bark nauseates and cramps.
OREGON GRAPE ROOT (Mahonia aquifolium) was historically considered to be one of nature's best liver stimulants and blood purifiers and was said to help digestion, absorption, vitality and strength. Oregon grape was thought useful to remove excess mucus, to empty the bile ducts and to act as a laxative. It was highly effective for psoriasis and eczema, mucus, inflammation of the stomach with mucus and inflamed gall bladder.
SLIPPERY ELM (Ulmus fulva) was historically classified as an excellent demulcent (coating agent), a nutritious food and a cough relieving agent. It was highly valued for gastric or duodenal ulceration. Slippery elm was believed to be especially useful in soothing and lubricating irritated mucus lining of the body. It was also considered as important food for the American Indians and the early pioneers who made a gruel of it.
FENUGREEK (Trigonella foenum-graecum) was historically valued in inflamed conditions of the stomach and intestines. It was traditionally classified as a mild laxative and soothing agent and was thought useful in indigestion, general weakness and loss of appetite.
GUAR GUM (Cyamopsis tetragonolobus) is a member of the bean family. It is a water soluble mucilage with five to eight times the thickening power of starch. It is one of the most mucilaginous and coating of all herbs. On going research seems to indicate some value as an agent in the reduction of fats in the bloodstream.
FENNEL (Foeniculum vulgare) is the aromatic herb seed historically thought useful to relieve excess gas (carminative) and aid liver and gall bladder function. It was considered anti inflammatory as well as useful against bacteria, pinworms and cramps (anti-spasmodic).
TURKEY RHUBARB (Rheum palmatum) is not to be confused with garden variety rhubarb. Turkey rhubarb was historically considered a rather quick acting laxative that promoted the flow of bile. It was thought to generally increase peristalsis (muscular contractions) of the bowel. Oddly enough, turkey rhubarb was used to remedy diarrhea because it was believed to remove obstructions and irritating substances from the bowel. Also, its tonic and astringent properties were said to help control diarrhea.
WOOD BETONY (Betonica officianlis) is a member of the mint family, historically classified as a sedative and is very bitter. It was found useful in treating nervous problems and headaches. It was traditionally classified as an alternative (blood purifier) and was considered a good tonic for digestive disorders. It was thought capable of removing obstructions from the spleen and liver, as well as expelling worms.
BARBERRY ROOT (Berberis vulgaris) is another bitter herb closely related to Oregon grape root. Barberry root is a famous Indian remedy and was historically considered one of the best aids to increase the flow of liver bile. It was also classified as an excellent tonic to the spleen, causing it to contract. It was believed to help remove decayed waste material and obstructions from the bowel and stomach. It was also thought useful for treatment of gall stones, inflamed gall bladder, jaundice and protozoan infection.
CAYENNE (Capsicum frutescens) is a member of the potato family and was historically thought to be the most reliable of the stimulant herbs. It was said to stimulate the organs it passes through and eliminate mucus and waste build-up from the system. It was believed to have carminative (relieves gas), anti-spasmodic (relieves cramps) and anti-bacterial properties. It was known to help restore and tone the digestive organs. Its inclusion in herbal formulas was to intensify and carry other principal herbs.
JAMAICAN GINGER (Zingiber officinale) was considered the best species of ginger and historically classified as a carminative (relieved gas), diaphoretic (opens pores) and anti-spasmodic (relieves cramps). It was included in cleansing combinations as a carrier for herbs going into the urinary, reproductive and abdominal area.
BAYBERRY ROOT BARK (Myrica cerifera) was historically considered to be one of the most useful herbs known. It was classified as a powerful astringent, tonic and circulatory stimulant. Also, it was thought to cleanse and restore mucus secretions back to normal without drying the mucus membranes. As a deobstruent, it was said to remove obstructions from the digestive system and to help cleanse the liver. Also, it was believed to be able to arrest bleeding and discharges. Bayberry was particularly valued in the treatment of mucus colitis and diarrhea.
WHITE OAK BARK (Quercus alba) containing natural tannin, was historically considered as one of the best astringent herbs, valuable for both external and internal bleeding. White oak bark was said to be one of the best cleansers of inflamed mucus membranes of the digestive tract. Furthermore, it was said to remove stones and expel pinworms and act as an antiseptic. It was especially recommended for acute diarrhea and hemorrhoids as well as varicose veins.