There are plenty of colon cleansing and laxative products on the market. They work in three basic ways:
- By drawing water into the colon to hydrate the feces,
- Stimulating muscle action of the colon (peristalsis), sometimes through irritation; or,
- Adding fiber to make the stool retain water, creating more of a slippery consistency.
Many of the herbal supplements combine psyllium (fiber) with cascara sagrada (irritant). For some people this combination works great, while for others, not at all. The problem with this type of cleanser is that it can be like trying to drive your car with the parking brake on. Most people’s colons are so congested that fiber tends to further congest, while the irritant loses its ability to rev exhausted muscles into action. You’ll know this has happened when you start to “feel like crap.”
Cape aloe leaf is unique because it has the properties of fiber, and it stimulates cramping, but soothes and cleans like aloe vera. I have found that Cape aloe leaf helps just about everybody who takes it, without causing irritation. Instead, it acts to relieve inflammation. It is related to the aloe vera plant that grows wild in the southwest United States, but has more laxative qualities, and it grows in South Africa. I don’t typically sell products, but this one is not available at most retail outlets.
Cape aloe is non-toxic and has no undesirable side effects. It acts as a cleansing, detoxifying agent for the digestive tract, including the cecum, and has more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and polysaccharides than the American aloe vera plant.
Cape aloe leaves from South Africa are harvested from plants growing in their natural environment, which means that they are extremely healthy. This is enhanced by the fact that the plants do not require treatment with pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers, which means that they do not have to be washed with detergents of other chemical agents prior to being processed.
This is a remarkably robust species when compared directly with aloe vera. Cape aloe has much larger and stouter leaves, and is armed with much more formidable thorns. Unlike aloe vera, it grows on a stem which may reach 12 feet in height. The cut leaf of a cultivated Cape aloe plant produces approximately 20 times more bitter sap, weight for weight, than an aloe vera plant.
Investigations have revealed the versatile properties of aloe derivatives, particularly the gel:
- When applied externally, gel or preparations of aloe achieve anti-inflammatory effects through activity against bradykinin, prostaglandin and thromboxane, which are substances involved in causing inflammatory swelling, pain and constrictiwon of small blood vessels.
- Laboratory experiments have shown that aloe gel stimulates the growth not only of lymphocytes, which are important blood cells in immunological defense mechanisms, but also of fibroblastic cells in skin and connective tissues, thus aiding in tissue regeneration after wounding.
- Recommended dosage is one to three capsules taken on an empty stomach between 4 pm and 8 pm. It can be taken with meals, which helps act as a laxative. I have found that it helps reduce constipation problems for all ages, but consult your doctor to see if it would be appropriate for you.
If your diet is mostly raw, organic, fresh produce, I don’t recommend taking any regular supplements as a laxative. You won’t need it. Some clients take Cape aloe in the morning and swear by it. Find what works for you. (I only take it if I have eaten meat.) Realize that it can give you the sudden urge to have a bowel movement within 8 to 12 hours after taking it. Pregnant and breast feeding mothers should consult their doctor before taking any herbal or vitamin supplements, including Cape aloe leaf.
Cape aloe speeds transit time in the gut which makes it excellent for cleansing while on a fast or for liver detoxification. It helps support beneficial bowel bacteria by removing toxic poisons from the digestive tract. You may notice mucus in your stool or a foul stool odor after taking Cape aloe and this is not cause for alarm, rather shows that it is working as a beneficial cleansing agent. WITH ALL INTESTINAL CLEANSERS, there will come a time when they don’t seem to work. That means the colon needs flushing with water (an enema, colema, or colonic) because there’s so much stuff moving down the system — be prepared to see A LOT of crap come out!
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