Dandelions have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and medicinal teas, most notably for liver detoxification, and as a natural diuretic and for inflammation reduction. Dandelion root is a key natural indigestion remedy.
Aloe Vera has traditionally been used to promote healing from burns and wounds. Recent studies found Aloe Vera to be effective in wound healing when administered either orally or topically. Aloe improves wound healing by increasing the availability of oxygen and by increasing the synthesis and the strength of collagen. The mucilage from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant is a gentle chronic constipation remedy. Aloe Vera is being used in alternative therapy to treat various intestinal problems.
Alfalfa is a flowering plant in the pea family and has been used as an herbal medicine for over 1,500 years. Alfalfa is high in protein, calcium, plus other minerals, vitamin A, vitamins in the B group,vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. In early Chinese medicines, physicians used young alfalfa leaves to treat disorders related to the digestive tract and the kidneys. In Hindu societies, ayurvedic physicians used the leaves for indigestion cures.
Apple Pectin is a soluble dietary fiber that is often used as a gelling agent and is effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Apple pectin helps maintain intestinal balance by cleansing the intestines.
Burdock has been used for centuries as a blood purifier, clearing the bloodstream of some toxins, and as a topical remedy for skin problems such as acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. It is also used for ailments and complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, gout, and arthritis.
Guar Gum has traditionally been used as a bulk laxative, appetite suppressant and as a treatment for diabetes. Along with Psyllium, it has been found to decrease serum cholesterol, especially LDL.
Irish Moss Irish is a seaweed, which as a group, contain the greatest amount and broadest range of minerals of any organism. Seaweeds make excellent mineral-rich foods. The healing properties of Irish Moss include having a mild anticoagulant effect on the blood, as a treatment for chronic lung diseases, dysentery, diarrhea and disorders of kidney and bladder.
Magnesium phosphate is an antacid. It increases the alkalinity (pH) of Lean N Clean and neutralizes excess acid in the stomach without excessive alkalization of the system.
Marshmallow Root was considered a cure-all by the ancient Greeks. Marshmallow Root has a high mucilage content, which makes it an excellent emollient. When the mucilage comes in contact with water, it forms a very soft, soothing, and protective gel. It is taken internally to relieve irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes.
For centuries, the seeds of Milk Thistle have been used to protect the liver. One active component silymarin, has long been recognized for its ability to benefit people with liver disorders and as a protective compound against liver damaging agents. Research suggests that milk thistle extracts both prevent and repair damage to the liver from toxic chemicals and medications.
Psyllium husks are a natural soluble fiber that can absorb up to 14 times its own volume of water. The mucilage it contains lubricates and cleanses the areas through which it passes. Not only can it relieve constipation, it can also manage diarrhea. Psyllium's ability to lower cholesterol is well established and therefore can lower the risk of coronary heart disease.
Slippery Elm Bark contains an abundance of mucilage-containing cells. When these cells come in contact with water, the mucilage cells swell enormously and produce a lubricating emollient, and mild laxative effect when administered locally or orally. Powdered Slippery Elm Bark is especially useful in the treatment of sore throat.