Cleanse herbs or herbal cleanse treatment is the mother of modern medicine. The ancient habit to treat diseases with plants has evolved and reshaped many of the modern treatment options.
In this review, we gathered the list of the most common cleanse herbs you can safely use to enhance the results of your different body cleanse protocols.
We also include links to the full body cleanse protocols, scientific evidence and published studies when available.
Know Your Cleanse Herbs
Choosing the right cleanse herbs can significantly enhance your cleanse results. Natural herbal cleanse, however, is not always safe.
To make sure you get the most out of your herbs and in order to avoid potential side effects, here is a quick checklist of the most important facts you should consider before you add cleanse herbs to your cleanse.
How To Choose Cleanse Herbs Checklist
Since herbs may interact with medication, always consult with your doctor before.
- Use common herbs:
The list of cleanse herbs include thousands of different herbs from different species. Not all herbs are safe or have enough evidence on their benefits. For this reason, always choose common herbs. These usually have a long history of safe traditional use, that is also supported by science. A good example is all the cleanse herbs that we include in this review.
- Trusted source:
The source of the herbs matter and can significantly impact both the effectiveness and side effects. The freshness, the time of the year and way the herbs were harvested can affect their potency. In addition, location, growing condition play a key role in the purity of the herbs. This is very important as you want to avoid additional toxins often found in poor quality herbs from heavily polluted areas.
- Cleanse protocol with cleanse herbs:
Cleanse herbs shine when they are combined with the proper cleansing protocol. In many cases this also means certain dietary changes.
- Read the reviews, ask the questions:
When it comes to any food, medicine, or cleanse herb, always read the reviews of other people. It is always best to learn from the wisdom of the crowd. If there are no reviews, it is safe to assume that there may be better options. That’s the beauty of modern times. Unlike past times where we had to follow what the guru or healer said, these days we have enough data to educate ourselves.
Cleanse Herbs – Summary Of Evidence
The list below summarizes the most common cleanse herbs that have a long history of safe traditional use that is also validated by science.
Most of the herbs below have additional health benefits in addition to their cleansing and detoxifying properties. To make this review useful, however, we focused on the benefits that are more related to body cleansing.
Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse Herbs
Liver cleanse herbs products we use: livatrex.
There are a number of known liver and gallbladder cleanse herbs with unique properties that can detox the liver and gallbladder and may also help to repair and regenerate the liver.
- Milk thistle (Silybum marianum):
Milk thistle has a long traditional use for diseases of the liver and biliary tract. According to the evidence, the active component in milk thistle may help to detox the liver, protect against liver injury, and support the natural repair and regeneration of the liver [1,2,3,4].
Due to these exceptional properties, most herbal cleanse formulas for the liver include milk thistle as one of the key ingredients.
- Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri):
Chanca piedra is known as stonebreaker, due to its ability to dissolve and soften liver, kidneys and gallbladder stones (gallstones) .
- Turmeric rhizome (Curcuma longa rhizome):
Curcumin, the main active compound of turmeric, can help to protect the liver from oxidative stress which may promote better liver health .
- Dandelion root and leaves (Taraxacum officinale):
Dandelion can protect the liver from toxicity, and enhance the liver’s ability to naturally regenerate [7,8].
- Yellow dock (Rumex patientia):
Due to its antioxidant properties, yellow dock can help protect the liver from oxidative stress .
- Chicory root (Cichorium intybus):
Chicory root may support normal liver function, improve oxidative stress and protect the liver against injury in certain cases [10,11].
To learn more, see our liver cleanse protocol.
Kidney Cleanse Herbs
Also for: urinary tract & bladder cleanse.
Kidney cleanse herbs products we use: Renaltrex.
- Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri):
In addition to its ability to dissolve and soften liver, kidneys and gallbladder stones (gallstones), chanca piedra can also help to prevent kidney stones. According to research, chanca piedra and its active components interfere with many stages of kidney stone formation, reduce the stone crystals aggregation and modify the kidney stone structure and composition [12,13].
- Horsetail (Equisetum arvense):
Horsetail is well known for its ability to safely detox and cleanse the kidneys. In addition, it has a natural and safe diuretic effect, that helps to increase urine flow .
- Hydrangea root (Hydrangea paniculata):
Hydrangea root is an excellent overall kidney cleanse herb, known for its ability to promote overall kidney, bladder, and the entire urinary tract health. In addition, it can also help to dissolve kidney stones .
- Uva ursi (arctostaphylos, bearberry, bear’s grape):
Uva ursi detoxes and cleanses the entire urinary tract and may also help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) .
- Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis):
Marshmallow root is a very popular kidney cleanse herb due to a combination of unique abilities to flush the kidneys on one hand, as well as to relieve and soothe inflammation in the urinary tract .
- Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale):
Dandelion leaf is well known as a natural and safe diuretic, that can increase the frequency of urination .
To learn more, see our kidney cleanse protocol.
Parasite Cleanse Herbs
There’s a good reason most natural parasite cleanse protocols include antiparasitic herbs. Some herbs have a natural ability to kill different types of parasites in the body and help to significantly reduce the parasitic load.
A single antiparasitic herb, however, is not going to work against all parasitic infections. Since different parasite cleanse herbs use different mechanism to kill parasites, it is common to include multiple herbs as a part of the parasite cleanse.
The most common parasite cleanse herbs and herbal cleanse combinations include:
- Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) with Black walnut (Juglans nigra):
Most parasite herbal cleanse formulas combine both herbs, due to their ability to kill different types of worms , parasites, bacteria and fungus [19,20].
- Clove (Syzygium aromaticum):
Clove is well known for its ability to inhibit parasite eggs and larvae in the body, which is essential in order to disrupt the parasite life cycle. For this reason, you often see clove together with the wormwood and black walnut combination.
- Diatomaceous earth (food-grade):
Diatomaceous earth is a commonly used home remedy shown effective against different types of parasitic worms .
- Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides):
Epazote has a long traditional use in latin america for intestinal parasites, that is also validated by modern research. A few studies found that epazote has antiamoebic activity against Entamoeba histolytica, a parasitic infection of the colon .
- Mediterranean oregano oil (Oreganum vulgare):
Multiple studies found that carvacrol, the major active component in oregano oil, have antiparasitic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties [23,24, 25].
To learn more, see our parasite cleanse protocol.
Vaginal Yeast Infections & Candida Cleanse Herbs
Candida cleanse herbs products we use: Mycozil.
The main reasons natural candida cleanse herbs and natural antifungals are so common, are due to:
- High occurrences of candida and yeast infections:
According to the medical literature, vaginal yeast infections (vulvovaginal candidiasis) and candida issues affect 3 out of 4 women. More than 40% of affected women will have 2 or more episodes. Men can have candida and yeast infections as well .
- Resistance to antifungal drugs:
Resistance to antifungal drugs is common and therefore, many studies look for new natural antifungal ingredients to help address candida issues .
- Pau D’Arco, Red lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa):
Pau D’Arco is a well known traditional remedy for fungal, vaginal yeast infections and candida issues (candidiasis), that is also validated by multiple studies [28,29,30].
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra):
The major licorice compounds showed potent antifungal activity against Candida albicans in multiple studies, with the ability to inhibit the growth of C. albicans and the candida biofilm formation [31,32].
- Jatoba (Hymenaea courbaril):
Jatoba showed potential against fungal infections and different candida species in multiple studies [33,34].
- Anise seeds (Pimpinella anisum):
Anise seeds demonstrated antifungal activity against Candida albicans and other candida species such as C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, C. pseudotropicalis, and C. krusei .
- Beta Glucanase, Hemicellulase enzymes:
Both systemic enzymes are commonly used as a natural alternative to break down candida cell wall and biofilm .
To learn more, see our candida cleanse and yeast infection protocol.
Lung Cleanse Herbs
Lung cleanse products we use: Allertrex.
Certain lung cleanse herbs are well known for their ability to detox and support the natural repair and regeneration process of the lungs. Traditional medicine use and modern research data indicate that these herbs may have the potential to relieve respiratory discomfort, reduce airway inflammation, clear and flush excess mucus, phlegm, and toxins from the lungs.
- Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita):
A few studies suggest that peppermint essential oil can improve respiratory function, increase brain oxygen concentration, and may also help to relax the airway and bronchial smooth muscle tonicity [37,38].
- Plantain leaf (Plantago major):
Research data suggests that plantain leaf may have an effective anti-inflammatory effect against different upper respiratory tract infections [39,40].
- Chaparral, Greasewood, Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata):
A few studies found that nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), the main metabolite of chaparral, has the ability to protect the lungs, and even suppress lung cancer cell growth .
- Lovage (Levisticum officinale):
According to research, eucalyptol, the active chemical compound in lovage and eucalyptus oil may help to dissolve mucus and has anti inflammatory effect in bronchial asthma patients .
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus):
Eucalyptus has been shown to have anti inflammatory, antiseptic and decongestant properties, and is traditionally used to treat asthma, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, sore throat and sinusitis .
To learn more, see our lung cleanse protocol.
Heavy Metal Cleanse Herbs
More and more studies suggest the health risks of exposure to toxic heavy metals. According to the research data, some natural ingredients may have promising chelation properties that can bind to toxic heavy metals and safely remove them from the body .
- Cilantro, chinese parsley, coriander leaf (Coriandrum sativum):
Cilantro is well known for its ability to accelerate the excretion of toxic heavy metals from the body through the urine .
According to research, selenium helps to increase mercury excretion and decrease oxidative stress caused by exposure to mercury .
According to some evidence, iodine can detoxify and remove the toxic heavy metals fluoride and bromide through the urine .
- Zeolite (clinoptilolite):
Zeolites are naturally occurring minerals, typically found in rocks and clay. For centuries, many of the uses of zeolites were due to their ability to bind to different metals. Several studies found that clinoptilolite, a naturally occurring zeolite, has the ability to remove toxic heavy metals from the body through increased urinary excretion [48,49,50].
- Chlorella (Parachlorella beijerinckii, Chlorella vulgaris)
Multiple studies that evaluated cholera’s natural chelation properties, found that chlorella can enhance the elimination of toxic heavy metals from the body [51,52].
Heal with Knowledge
We hope you find this herbal cleanse guide useful and wish you a safe and effective cleansing.