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In many traditional medicines, digestion is seen as central to maintaining health and longevity. A strong digestive system means a strong body. Digestion can also be an indication of your mental-emotional-physical state of balance.
Various factors can weaken your digestion. A weak digestion can also be brought about by an accumulation of toxins which in turn gives rise to disease and ageing.
The accumulation of toxins is known as ama in ayurveda. Many modern doctors are now recognising that treating the individual (and not the symptoms) is important and are using these older traditional therapies. Is it time for a holistic health overhaul and to lower your ama with some simple Traditional natural Herbs & Spice?:
- Green Tea
Green tea is packed with polyphenolics called catechins. In the scientific literature you will also see the acronym EGCG (which means Epigallocatechin gallate), which is a type of plant antioxidant that has been shown in studies to eliminate liver fat accumulation and promote proper liver function.
Other Herbs & Spices that could help to purify and clean the liver include:
Liquorice can be used as a detoxifying treament. Research study results suggest its regulation of plasma bile acids which suggest a detoxifying mechanism.
In a study by Lee et al, they show that Hibiscus extract possess the ability to protect the liver from injury by a toxic agent. The protective mechanism might be through decreasing oxidative stress and attenuating mitochondrial dysfunction.
Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) was studied by Zhang et al. Their results suggest that Fennel reduces liver inflammation response and prevents the *hepatic fibrosis progression. This is probably due to its antioxidant properties as suggested by anti-inflammatory results.
*Hepatic fibrosis is excessive wound healing in which excessive connective tissue builds up in the liver. The trigger is injury, especially if there is an inflammatory component.
- Caralluma fimbriata
The anti-obese effects of Caralluma fimbriata have been evaluated in various systems and are well documented.
Caralluma induced significant and dose-dependent inhibition of food intake, with dose-related prevention of gains in body weight & liver weight suggesting its ability to clean up fat deposits around the body.
- Holy Basil
Holy Basil extracts were shown to provide significant liver and aortic tissue protection from hypercholesterolemia-induced peroxidative damage i.e. Cholesterol induced oxidative damage.