|Cascara to Help Relieve Constipation
Question : I AM a 35-year-old lady. I have suffered from
constipation for the past few years. I also often break out
in acne on my back. Is it due to a toxin accumulation in my
body? How can I relieve myself from these problems? Your
advice is appreciated.
Answer : TOXIN can be related to constipation and acne.
Constipation is usually characterized by irregular bowel
movement and difficulty in passing stools. Whatever stool is
passed may be hard, knotted and dark. Repeated straining can
cause hemorrhoids (the veins of the anus become sluggish,
swollen or inflamed). Chronic constipation is unhealthy
because toxins can be reabsorbed by our intestines when
waste remains in the intestines for excessive periods. A
healthy colon eliminates waste in 6-18 hours. The underlying
causes of constipation include a low-fiber and high-sugar
diet, stress, imbalance of intestinal flora, lack of liquid
consumption and physical activity.
Cascara contains laxative constituents that could gently
stimulate the large intestinal wall to increase bowel
movement. Marshmallow root possesses demulcent and emollient
properties, thus soothing the stomach and intestinal system.
Other herbs like Slippery Elm, Fennel and Ginger could
effectively reduce inflammation while addressing the
complaints associated with constipation. Supplementing with
friendly bacteria supplement, especially the family groups
of Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria and Streptococcus is
beneficial in reducing the harmful bacteria in our digestive
As for dietary modifications, increase the intake of high
fibre foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains
and bran, reduce the intake of processed, fried and sweet
foods and drink at least eight 250ml glasses of water or
juice a day. Modifications on lifestyle are also needed.
Exercise regularly, at least three times a week, go to
toilet as soon as the urge strikes (whenever possible),
manage stress properly and do not use laxatives on long-
term basis as this causes dependency.
As the skin is another means of detoxification, wastes
that remain in the blood are eliminated through the skin
causing the development of acne. Acne can also triggered by
overproduction of sebum, hormonal disturbances, poor diet
and sluggish liver. Echinacea has a powerful blood cleansing
ability to assist the body to get rid of toxins. Red Clover
is often used in combination with herbs such as Yellow Dock
and Dandelion root in treating skin problems. Calendula
possesses anti-inflammatory effects and is beneficial for
all types of inflammatory skin lesions.
Tea Tree Oil with the herbs Myrrh, Echinacea, Chamomile
provide synergistic action and effectively reduce redness
and inflammation, at the same time promoting rejuvenation
and total healing of the skin. This cream-colored gel once
absorbed will not leave any unsightly stain on the skin and
can be used at any time of the day.