Onward with the actions of herbs. Here is a wonderful action many herbs possess that produce super cleansing on the digestive tract and thence the whole system.
definition: A substance that promotes the discharge of bile from the system.
Cholagogues are often classified with the tonics and bitters. They directly affect the gallbladder, promoting bile secretion into the duodenum. This action helps all the body systems in a positive way. Bile itself has a laxative effect in the digestive system. The liver draws toxins from all areas of the body, especially the pituitary, pineal, thyroid, reproductive glands, and spleen. The toxins are then converted into the bile solution and eliminated. You can see how cholagogues support the vital liver function. If gallstones are actually clogging the bile ducts, the use of cholagogues should be delayed until the ducts are clear.
All other systems are improved when cholagogues are used because the digestive system and liver are cleansed and nourished allowing deeper cleansing to occur.
Herbs with cholagogue action: Aloe, Ash Bark, Balmony, Barberry, Beets, Blue Flag, Boldo leaves, Boneset, Butternut, Dandelion, Fennel, Fringtree, Fumitory, Gentain, Golden Seal, Hops, Horseradish, Parsley, Self Heal, Stillingia, Turkey Rhubarb, Wahoo, Wild Yam, Wood Betony
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