5 Herbs for Cleansing and Detoxification

Toxins and pollutants are unavoidable. They may be in the air, food or water. As an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist I have found that engaging in a cleanse at least once per year has many health benefits. Consult with your health care provider prior to starting a cleanse to ensure that you are in good health, since cleansing can stress your internal organs.

Furthermore, talk to a naturopath, herbalist or nutritionist to get the best advice on how to properly engage in a cleansing regime. These herbs may help support your body through the cleansing process and help your body get rid of excess toxins more quickly and easily.

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Dandelion is a popular herb for cleansing and detoxificaton. This herb has high antioxidant content and diuretic properties. Dandelion root may help detoxify the liver and gallbladder, which can help your body more efficiently eliminate built up toxins and chemicals. Dandelion leaves support the kidneys and can help your body efficiently eliminate toxins through urination.


2.Milk Thistle

Milk thistle has been used for 2,000 years and contains a flavonoid called silymarin that can help support your liver. Milk thistle enhances liver and gallbladder detoxification and also supports your kidney function. An added benefit of this herb is that it can help your body re-grow liver cells, can treat viral hepatitis and may have anti-cancer effects.

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3.Burdock Root

Burdock root can be used for a variety of ailments such as digestive problems, sore throats and colds. This herb helps support detoxification because it is a natural blood purifier. Burdock can help clear your bloodstream of toxins and, because of its diuretic effect, can help rid your body of these toxins through urination. Because this herb can also enhance digestive functions, it may also help remove toxins through digestiion and elimination.

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4.Black Walnut

Black walnut hulls can help detoxify and cleanse your body in a variety of ways. This herb can support digestive functions, help flush toxins and impurities from your system, oxygenate your blood and even kill parasites. An added benefit of black walnut is that it has a gentle laxative effect, which makes it more capable of clearing toxins from your body through elimination.



Parsley contains vitamins A and C and has anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. This herb can help support your kidneys to process and eliminate excess toxins from your body.Parsley also helps purify your bloodstream and can even help naturally freshen your breath. You can eat fresh parsley or blend and drink fresh parsley juice to enjoy its cleansing benefits.