What is Mucoid Plaque & How to Remove It: 5-Day Cleanse

Cleanse Joy Research TeamResearch analysis:
CleanseJoy Editorial Team
Main references:
Dr. Richard Anderson, ND,
Dr. Bernard Jensen, ND, PhD

Causes | Symptoms | Cleanse | Diet | Case Studies | References

In this article, we’ll address mucoid plaque FAQ, especially what is mucoid plaque, potential causes, and how to safely cleanse and remove mucoid plaque using natural foods and herbs.

Is Mucoid Plaque Real?

Let’s start with a quick disclaimer. We are an evidence-based community. As such, we stick to proven facts, and try the best we can to stay away from controversial topics. There are no published studies or medical research that suggest mucoid plaque is real.

This doesn’t mean however, that mucoid plaque is a myth or hoax.
Although there is no clear definition of mucoid plaque, it is common in the alternative medicine world. In fact, to many practitioners that are experts in cleansing, colonic irrigation, colon hydrotherapy, enemas and fasting protocols, there’s nothing special about mucoid plaque. It is something they see everyday.

What is Mucoid Plaque?

While there are different theories aim to explain what mucoid plaque is and how to get rid of it, they are all based on the idea that mucoid plaque is just another term that describes accumulated waste buildup in the colon.

Plenty of anecdotal evidence here, with people and natural health practitioners report passing long green-brownish rope-rubbery fibrous strands after doing colon cleansing, enemas or colonics.

To properly remove mucoid plaque and prevent it from becoming a chronic problem that keeps coming back, it is important to address its root cause. In other words, the reason(s) that may cause it to accumulate.

Mucoid Plaque Causes

Mucoid Plaque is Colon Waste Buildup

The main cause of mucoid plaque has to do with modern diets. We have stepped away from eating natural whole foods like our ancestors did.

Modern diet is high in processed foods, lab created chemicals and at the same time, very little fiber, vitamins and minerals. Multiple studies have clearly shown that processed foods, artificial food additives, antibiotics and other medication can disrupt gut microbiome and lead to major imbalances in our gut and digestive health.[1]

  • The body can’t properly digest or even recognize these unnatural substances. As a result, the foods may stay in the digestive tract for a long time, begin to rot and start to accumulate.[2]
  • The intestines produce mucus to support normal digestion. But, with this unnatural environment in the intestines, the mucus accumulates as well.
  • This creates a heavy mucus coating in the colon that thickens, becomes drier and harder and sticks to the colon wall to a point the body can’t eliminate it through normal bowel movements.

“The unnatural accumulations on the bowel wall become a breeding ground for parasites and unhealthy bacterial life forms…
blood capillaries to the colon begin to pick up the toxins, poisons and noxious debris as it seeps through the bowel wall. All tissues and organs of the body are now taking on toxic substances.”

– Dr. Bernard Jensen, DC, ND, Ph.D.

We have seen this time after time in our colon cleanse, gut health and parasite cleanse protocols. First time users usually report passing large amount of waste. Often with very long rubber like material, mucus, dead parasites and candida yeast. Yikes! Some people lose over 10 pounds in three days. Their stomach look flatter. Digestive issues become much better. This is obviously not fat loss or just a typical water weight.

Mucoid Plaque Symptoms

What may start as occasional digestive issues such as gas, bloating after eating and constipation may develop into chronic digestive issues due to the accumulated waste buildup in the intestines.

This creates a vicious cycle: the colon waste buildup make it even harder for food to pass in the insteines at a normal healthy pace. The food stay longer than it should, start to ferment, can feed parasites, candida and other pathogens leading to more digestive issues.

Symptoms of mucoid plaque may include:

  • Digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, excess gas, bloated stomach, abdominal pain and cramping,
  • Skin breakouts and acne.
  • Body odor.
  • Low energy and fatigue.
  • Low cognitive function, “Brain fog”, difficulty to concentrate, memory issues.

This may give an interesting perspective to the prevalence of digestive disorders in the US, which is reaching alarming numbers of 60-70 million people.[3

In fact, a study that had 71,812 individuals complete a survey about their digestive health, found that 61% had one or more GI symptom in the week prior to filling the survey.[4]

The most commonly reported symptoms were heartburn/reflux (30.9%), abdominal pain (24.8%), bloating (20.6%), diarrhea (20.2%), and constipation (19.7%).

How To Remove Mucoid Plaque Naturally

The 5-day protocol below is designed to:

  • Flush out your entire digestive system. You may notice mucoid plaque in stool after day 3.
  • Support your natural elimination organs and detoxification pathways.
  • Promote healthy gut flora.

The protocol uses safe and gentle natural foods and herbs.

Notice that certain colon cleansing herbs and over the counter laxatives work by forcing your body to make a bowel movement. This action may be too aggressive and may lead to laxative dependency. This means that you won’t be able to make regular bowel movements without these products.
Safety should always come first. Especially when self-cleansing at home.

Mucoid Plaque Cleanse

  1. Cleanse your intestines.
    Oxy-powder®: Take 4 capsules before bedtime, for 3-5 days.
    Oxy-powder® uses natural ozonated magnesium oxides to release oxygen into the intestines. The oxygen gently loosens accumulated waste buildup which allows the body to flush it out through normal bowel movements.
    A popular recipe that uses Oxy-powder: overnight colon cleanse.
  2. Expect the next day to have 3-5 bowel movements.
    First time users usually eliminate a large amount of stored waste.
    You may notice mucoid plaque in stool after day 3.
  3. Follow the digestive cleanse diet. (See complete plan below).
  4. Eat colon cleanse detox salad daily.
    Ideas for detox salad recipes:  colon cleanse recipe, Aunt Mary’s recipe.
  5. Take herbs that kill parasites. (Optional)
    Since accumulated waste buildup can feed different pathogens, you may see dead parasites and candida yeast in stool during the mucoid plaque cleanse. To support the process, you may want to supplement the plan with antiparasitic herbs.
    Paratrex: Take 3 capsules twice a day, before your biggest meals.
    Paratrex is a blend of organic and wild grown antiparasitic herbs known for their ability to kill different types of worms, parasites, bacteria and fungus.
    The formula also helps to eliminate parasite eggs and larvae in the body, which is essential to stop the reproduction and the parasite life cycle.[5,6]
  6. Support gut health with probiotics & prebioitcs.
    Floratrex: Take 2 capsules daily, 20 minutes before your first meal.
    When you remove waste buildup from the colon, you create an ideal environment in your gut that can encourage friendly probiotic growth, hence making probiotic supplements much more effective.
    Floratrex is a professional strength complex of 75 billion CFUs 25-Strain Probiotic & Prebiotics, designed to promote healthy bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics serve as a food source for probiotics that supports the good bacteria growth in your gut.

Diet To Remove Mucoid Plaque

Mucoid Plaque Diet

During the mucoid plaque cleanse, it is important to avoid problematic foods that are hard to digest or that are known to cause digestive issues. At the same time, you eat more natural raw whole foods to help cleanse the digestive tract and promote healthy bowel movements.

Most people do very well by eating a lighter diet with fresh whole fruits, vegetables and easy to digest foods during the cleanse. Remember, this is not a plan you should do long term, but for a very limited time to help flush out and reset your digestive system.

Raw non-starchy vegetables in particular are a good option for the mucoid plaque diet due to their insoluble fiber content. Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water, and typically passes through the gut largely intact. Think about insoluble fiber as rough brooms inside your colon that grabs accumulated waste buildup and toxins on their way out.

Mucoid Plaque Cleanse Diet
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Mucoid Plaque Cleanse Diet

During the mucoid plaque cleanse, it is important to avoid problematic foods that are hard to digest or that are known to cause digestive issues. At the same time, you eat more natural raw whole foods to help cleanse the digestive tract and promote healthy bowel movements.
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 day
Author Cleanse Joy Editorial Team


Raw vegetables

  • beetroot
  • asparagus
  • carrots

Dark leafy greens

  • kale
  • spinach
  • lettuce

Cruciferous vegetables

  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • garden cress
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts

Low glycemic fruits

  • apples
  • lemon
  • citrus fruits
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • strawberries

Raw nuts and seeds

  • sprouted almonds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • hemp seeds

Healthy fats & oils

  • avocado
  • olive oil extra virgin
  • coconut oil extra virgin

Natural spices

  • turmeric
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • cinnamon


  • raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar

Intestinal Cleanse (Before bedtime)

  • 4 capsules Oxy-powder® Ozonated Magnesium Oxides, Natural Citric Acid

Foods to Avoid

  • Processed foods.
  • Fried foods.
  • Refined oils and sugars.
  • Alcohol.
  • Hard to digest foods such as beans and legumes.
  • GMOs.
  • Dairy.
  • Meat.

Psyllium Husk & Bentonite Clay May Cause Mucoid Plaque

Many natural health experts believe that not only psyllium husk and bentonite clay do not remove mucoid plaque, they may be the cause of mucoid plaque.

When psyllium husk and bentonite clay get wet, they form a thick, gooey, sticky gel like material. The idea is that as this gel passes through the digestive tract, it can absorb toxins and therefore, help to cleanse your intestines.

The issue is that it is not very easy for the body to eliminate psyllium husk. In fact, both psyllium husk and clay can slow your digestion and may lead to constipation and other digestive issues.

Eventually, when you pass the gell, you may see a long, stringy rubbery substance in your stool. This is nothing but fecal matter combined with mucilage from the psyllium.

Mucoid Plaque or Rope Worm?

Some researchers believe that mucoid plaque is actually an intestinal parasite called rope worm. Rope worms were first reported in a paper published by two researchers, Dr. Alex A. Volinsky and Dr. Nikolai V. Gubarev as a result of cleansing protocols involving:[7]

  • Fasting.
  • Enemas with eucalyptus decoction and several drops of eucalyptus oil.
  • Enemas with freshly squeezed lemon juice enema.

Rope worms look like twisted fibers of a rope in stool. In its early stages it resembles slimy viscous mucus. In its adult stage, it can be over one meter long. The researchers claim that since the appearance of rope worm looks like human feces and intestinal lining, medical professionals often miss it.

In the natural alternative medicine world, many people who practice prolong water fasting report passing rope worms, with or without enemas. It’s much easier to see rope worms and parasites when you cleanse your colon, as there is barely any waste and stool left after a few days.

The bottom line

We do not think the evidence on rope worm justifies doing such an aggressive protocol the includes essential oil enemas. These can cause side effects and harm your intestines.

To see our complete review on rope worm, see:
Rope Worm Parasite: Health Concern or Pseudoscience Term?

We do find that combining safe antiparasitic herbs as a part of the mucoid plaque cleanse as shown above, may help to eliminate parasites and candida yeast. If during the cleanse you pass parasites or fungus, you may want to continue with parasite cleanse or candida cleanse as next steps.

Mucoid Plaque History & Case Studies

The following section summarizes some of the key data on mucoid plaque and the relevant references we have found in our research.

The term mucoid plaque was coined by Dr. Richard Anderson, N.D., N.M.D. to describe “an unhealthy accumulation of abnormal mucous matter on the walls of the intestines.”[8]

In his book, Cleanse And Purify Thyself, Dr. Anderson claimed that autopsies revealed cases of 40 pounds of mucoid plaque in the intestines.
From his book:

Mucoid plaque autopsy

“Some intestines, when autopsied, have weighed up to 40 pounds and were distended to a diameter of 12 inches with only a pencil-thin channel through which the feces could move…That 40 pounds was due to caked layers of encrusted mucus mixed with fecal matter, bizarrely resembling hardened blackish-green truck tire rubber or an old piece of dried rawhide.”

Mucoid plaque case studies

Dr. Anderson also reported case studies of patients that passed a single
length of mucoid plaque 15 feet long; and 11 pounds of mucoid plaque during a cleanse. According to Dr. Anderson: “It is not unusual to pass a total of 35 to 45 feet of plaque, often in the last week.”


  1. The influence of antibiotics and dietary components on gut microbiota.
  2. Tissue cleansing through bowel management, Dr. Bernard Jensen, DC, ND, Ph.D.
  3. NIDDK, Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States.
  4. Burden of Gastrointestinal Symptoms in the United States: Results of a Nationally Representative Survey of Over 71,000 Americans.
  5. Therapeutic efficacy of Artemisia absinthium against Hymenolepis nana: in vitro and in vivo studies in comparison with the anthelmintic praziquantel.
  6. Antioxidant potential of Juglans nigra, black walnut, husks extracted using supercritical carbon dioxide with an ethanol modifier.
  7. Human anaerobic intestinal “rope” parasites.
  8. Cleanse And Purify Thyself, Dr. Richard Anderson, N.D., N.M.D.
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