Chronic constipation is not only painful but does damage to your bowels.
Constipation means your peristalsis muscles are not moving food throughout your system into the final destination, the colon, to be absorbed for final nutrition call and then eliminated. Constipation shows and impaired digestion and allows waste material to become reabsorbed. The entire deigestive process is a detox pathway. Impairment can cause damage to the Central Nervous System, Vagus Nerve, and of course autoimmune diseases.
The goal of constipation is not to need a constant stimulant. The goal should be to remove the root cause of disease and help regeneration of the intestinal system as a whole. We get to the root cause of constipation and healing along with possible tixicty and damage in this blog here. For root cause toxicity removal and gegeneration, please consider Clean Slate and Give Me Back My Youth as they are the best of the best! We want to train our intestines to work as created and that is what our partnership with ROOT accomplishes.
Below is a short term relief from constipation that can be used as your digestive system detoxes and heals. This is a non habit forming tea and a great alternative to toxic laxatives like Miralax. If you have not read our Miralax blog, please do!!!
One of buckthorn medicinal compounds is the anthraquinone which helps increase the colon’s motility (movement) and stops spontaneous action development. This pushes fecal material through the colon, which helps eleviate impaction and constipation. Buckthorn has antifungal properties, which benefit the colon and can help treat hemorrhoids.
Cascara Root stimulates peristalsis, contractions that move food through the digestive tract. Cascara is a natural laxative but should not be used as reliant. The purpose is to train the intestines to start the natural peristalsis, then backing off cascara root. This should be done within a 2 week window. Cascara Root is antimicrobial and is effective against H. Pylori, E. Coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida.
*Cascara can stimulate menstration and should not be used in pregnancy!
*Consult your doctor if you are on perscription medication for interactions.
Licorice Root is high in compounds coumarins, triterpenoids, glabernr and polupenols. These medically active compounds are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, natural steroid effects. Licorice Root can help with Leaky Gut Syndrome and the inflammation of the interstinal tract. It is also effective against H.Pylori by killing the bacteria and helping to heal the peptic ulcers that the bacteria causes. (Side note, Licorice Root has an phytoestrogen compound that is naturally used in place of hormone replacement theropy to reduce hot flashes.)
*Limit your dosage to under 30mg / ml because of the natural glycyrrhizic acid.
*Avoid if pregnant or nursing or prone to hypertension.
This tea is not meant to cure constipation but help retrain the colon! You could start with one cup and work up by one cup every few days until your body responds. Then after regularity start to cut back until the tea is no longer needed.
- 1 part Buckthorn Bark
- 2 part Cascara Root
- 3 part Licorice Root
- 1 Tsp each
- 1 cup of boiling water and simmer 30 min.
You can use an organic tea bag like I do from here or one of those reusable tea bulbs.