The liver is one of the most versatile of all our internal organs. One of its many functions is as a filter and cleanser of the blood, making it a vital pathway of detoxification and an integral part of our body’s intelligent design for keeping itself cleansed and healthy.
Unfortunately however, our livers were never designed to cope with the level of worldwide industrial pollution to which we are all being exposed in this modern age! As a result, most everyone can benefit from being proactive about cleansing their liver and supporting its optimal functioning.
The Liver-Gallbladder Flush
One way of doing this is to perform what’s known as a “liver-gallbladder flush.” This is a type of internal cleanse that has long been recommended and utilized by herbalists and other traditional healers, and which has been promoted more recently in modern times primarily by naturopath Dr. Hulda Clark and Ayurvedic practitioner Andreas Moritz.
Doing such a flush (or ideally a series of them over time) is a very simple, effective and time tested method of helping to cleanse not only the liver, but also the gall bladder and biliary tract by systematically purging them of potentially harmful material such as congealed bile, bile stones and other stagnant, accumulated, toxic matter.
Springtime, particularly the days surrounding the March equinox here in the northern hemisphere, has traditionally been considered to be an ideal season for internal cleansing. For this reason many people choose this time to do their first liver-gallbladder flush of the year.
Herbal and Holistic Liver Support
There are a variety of different herbs that have long been associated with helping to cleanse, support and strengthen liver function. These include milk thistle seeds, burdock root, dandelion root, yellow dock root and turmeric. Another is a South American herb called chanca piedra, dubbed ‘stone breaker’ for its ability when taken internally to naturally and painlessly dissolve calcified stones from both the gallbladder and kidneys.
Regularly consumption of some bitter greens such as kale, chard, arugula or fresh, wildcrafted dandelion leaves is another excellent, natural way to support improved liver function. The bitter taste of these greens stimulates bile flow, thus supporting one of the most important innate detoxifying actions of the liver. Taking digestive bitters has the same effect, and is a wonderful adjunct to virtually any liver supportive protocol.
Another fantastic holistic option is doing castor oil packs over the liver. This is an ancient yet incredibly beneficial method of liver support which helps to increase circulation, stimulate lymphatic function and promote cleansing and overall improved liver function and health. Doing a castor oil pack involves placing a soft, clean wool or cotton castor oil soaked flannel cloth directly onto the skin, covering it with an old towel over which a heating pad or hot water bottle is placed, and allowing this healing oil to gently penetrate into the body while relaxing for about an hour or so before removing the pack.
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