APERIENTS AND LAXATIVES

Encourage bowel movements through different means

Widely available in over-the-counter natural product,aperient and laxative herbs are able to encourage bowel movements in distinct ways.Some herbs in this category are referred to as stimulant laxatives,such as aloe leaf,senna,(Cassia senna),cascara buckthorn (Rhamnus palmatum) These stimulant laxative herbs are high in chemical compounds known as anthraquinones.Upon reaching the large intestine,anthraquinones area converted by bowel bacteria into substances which stimulate bowel contractions and inhibit resorption of water and electrolytes,thus producing a bowel movement.The resultant effect of stimulant laxative herbs can be drastic or mild depending on the dose,and long-term use is generally discouraged by herbalists,as over time they can exacerbate or complicate bowel tone and contractility making matters worse.When constipation is persistant,herbalists usually turn to the use of aperients,or herbs with a more mild laxative action.Aperient herbs generally also possess bitter and cholagogue actions,encouraging bowel movements through the stimulation of digestive secretions and enhancement of digestive efficiency.Examples of aperient herbs that are often considered include dandelion root,artichoke leaf(Cynara scolymus),yellow dock root(Rumex crispus) or licorice root (Glycyrrhiza globra). Beyond stimulation to the digestive mucosa and secretions,bulking agents containing natural fiber,such as psyllium (Plantago ovata) can be useful to encourage the formation of easily passable stools.Beyond the use of herbal remedies,a sustainable and vital aproach to chronic constipation should include consideration of key underlying factors,such as general dehydration,lack of exercise,pharmaceutical side effects,lack of natural dietary fiber or chronic stress and tension.

APERIENTS

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Artichoke leaf

LEXATIVES

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Turkey Rhubab Root
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Cascara Buckthorn
senna
Senna Root

 

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