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Lower Bowel Herbal Formula Tincture

There are several formulas of this type out there, but this particular one seems to work the best for me.  I have inherently weak and constricted bowels.  It is gentle yet effective.  You can tailor the formula to best suit you. This originated as a Dr. John R. Christopher formula.


Ingredients:  Cascara Sagrada, Buckthorn, Red Clover, Fennel, Senna, Burdock, Chaparral, Dandelion, Licorice, Lobelia, Cayenne, Ionized Water, 30% grain Alcohol


Botanical name:  Astragalus membranaceus

Origin:  China

Therapeutic actions:  Adaptogen; Anti-bacterial; Anhyrotic; Anti-hypertensive; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-viral; Cardiotonic; Diuretic; Febrifuge; Hypoglycemic; Hypotensive; Immuno-stimulant; Pectoral; Tonic; Uterine tonic; Vasodilator.

Nutrients:  Calcium, choline, copper, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.

Drug interactions:  No known drug interactions.

Description:  One of the most popular herbs used in the Orient. Used for debilitating conditions, hypoglycemia and to improve digestion. It is helpful for young adults for energy production and respiratory endurance. American Cancer Society publication reports that it restored immune functions in 90% of the cancer patients studied. It is presently being looked upon as a possible treatment for people living with AIDS and for its potential to prolong life.


Botanical name:  Rhamnus frangula

Origin:  Hungary/Poland

Therapeutic actions:  Alterative; Anthelmintic; Bitter; Cathartic; Cholagogue; Depurative; Diuretic; Emetic; Laxative (the fresh bark is violently purgative); Tonic, Vermifuge.

Drug interactions:  Interacts with Digoxin and any type of Diuretics.  Check with doctor if on Oral Corticosteroids.

Nutrients:  Buckthorn contains moderate amounts of calcium, phosphorus and potassium, small amounts of sodium and chlorine; trace amounts of magnesium, iron, manganese, copper and zinc.

Description:  In the same family as Cascara Sagrada having similar properties; however, its action is gentle like Turkey Rhubarb root.

Internal uses:  It has a stimulating effect on the gastrointestinal tract without being habit-forming. When hot it causes profuse perspiration. It has been valuable in appendicitis, bleeding, bowels, dropsy, fever, itching, parasites, lead poisoning, rheumatism and skin diseases. Other uses include cancer, chronic constipation, fevers, gallbladder, gallstones and liver congestion.



Botanical name:  Arctium lappa

Origin:  USA/China

Therapeutic actions:  Alterative; Anti-scorbutic; Anti-bacterial; Anti-fungal; Anti-rheumatic; Antibiotic; Anti-phlogistic; Aperient; Blood purifier; Carminative; Cholagogue; Depurative; Demulcent; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Hypoglycemic; Mild Laxative; Stomachic; Tonic.

Nutrients:  Amino acids, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.

Drug interactions:  No known drug interactions.

Description:  Burdock is one of the most effective herbs for cleansing the blood without the side effect of nausea.  It is a powerful antioxidant.

Internal Uses:  It has been used to treat conditions caused by an 'overload' of toxins, such as throat and other infections, boils, rashes and other skin problems. It has soothing, mucilaginous properties and is said to be one of the most certain cures for many types of skin diseases, burns and bruises. Burdock can help to reduce joint inflammation. The root is thought to be particularly good at helping to eliminate heavy metals from the body. The plant is also part of a North American formula called Essiac, which is a popular treatment for cancer.



Botanical name:  Rhamnus purshiana

Origin:  USA

Therapeutic actions:  Laxative; Purgative; Tonic.

Nutrients:  Calcium, choline, copper, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.

Drug interactions: Interacts with Digoxin, Thiazide, Diuretics, Antiarrhythmics, Digitalis Glycosides and Indomethacin.

Description:  One of the best herbs for the entire digestive tract. It is a bowel-toning herb.

Internal uses:  It tones and increases peristaltic action without being habit-forming. Promotes secretions of the stomach, liver, pancreas and gallbladder ducts. It has helped the body to rid itself of gallstones. It has an antibiotic effect on harmful bacteria in the digestive tract and is valuable in all digestive complaints.  Best used in combination with other herbs.



Botanical name:  Capsicum minimum

Origin:  India

Therapeutic actions:  Anesthetic; Anti-hemorrhoidal; Anti-bacterial; Alterative; Astringent; Antispasmodic; Anti-rheumatic; Antiseptic; Carminative; Diaphoretic; Digestive; Emetic; Irritant; Pungent; Rubefacient; Sialagogue; Stimulant; Stomachic; Sudorific; Tonic.

Nutrients:  Amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E and G.

Drug interactions:  Supports interaction with aspirin.

Description:  It is considered by many to be the strongest stimulant known.

Internal uses:  Use as a relaxant to the stomach and colon and as a healer for ulcers. It has been able to stimulate the stomach and is not irritating when small doses are used. Cayenne stimulates the blood and the heart, increasing and strengthening the pulse. It does well in dilating blood vessels and thus relieving chronic congestion of people addicted to drink. It has been used as a tonic and is said to be unequaled in warding off disease because of the high vitamin C content. It has been used for colds, sinus, respiratory ailments, indigestion, hangover, diabetes, cramps, circulation problems, asthma, rheumatism, kidneys and high blood pressure. It has been used with ginger to clean out the bronchial tubes and sinus cavities, as a gargle for sore throats, as an emergency treatment for shock, and for hemorrhage and bleeding wounds - use internally and externally. Also good for headaches (cluster and migraine), obesity, indigestion, heartburn, osteoarthritis, pain, shingles, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, low back pain and neuropathy.


Botanical name:  Larrea mexicana/tridentata

Origin:  Mexico

Therapeutic actions:  Anti-microbial; Antioxidant; Alterative; Anti-venomous; Astringent; Anti-arthritic; Anti-rheumatic; Anti-scrofulous; Anti-inflammatory; Expectorant; Odontalgic; Diuretic (lithotriptic); Tonic; Depurative; Emetic (large doses).

Nutrients:  Amino acids, calcium, magnesium, manganese,  potassium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, sulfur, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.

Drug interactions:  No known drug interactions.

Description:  It is a great blood purifier. It tones the system and peristaltic muscles in the lower bowel and rebuilds the tissue.

Internal uses:  It has been especially known for its actions with arthritis and cancer. It cleanses the liver and the kidneys. It is valuable to the urethral tract and lymphatics.



Botanical name:  Taraxacum officinale

Origin:  Hungary/China

Therapeutic actions:  Anti-bacterial, Aperient; Cholagogue; Depurative; Diuretic; Hepatic; Laxative; Stomachic; Tonic; Warts.

Nutrients:  Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C .

Drug interactions:  Interacts with Ciproflacin, Loop diuretics, Spirronolactone, Thiazide diuretics, Trimterene.

Description:  Dandelion has been used in the treatment of gallbladder and urinary disorders. It is a valuable blood purifier.

Internal uses:   A blood purifier used for liver and kidney disorders. It contains nutritive salts to build up the blood. It has a mild laxative effect. It increases bile production and stimulates its flow to the gallbladder, where it also causes contractions and the release of bile.



Botanical name:  Glycyrrhiza glabra

Origin:  Egypt/China

Therapeutic actions:  Demulcent; Expectorant; Emollient; Pectoral; Aperient; Stimulant; Sialagogue.

Nutrients:  Biotin, calcium, choline, iron, lecithin, magnesium, manganese, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E.

Drug interactions:  Interacts with Digoxin, loop diuretics, Thiazide diuretics. Supports those taking Aspirin, Etodolac, Ibuprofen, Interferon, Isoniazid, Nabumetone, Naproxen and topical corticosteroids.

Description:  This herb is one of the favorites in Chinese herbal medicine. It has general effects on the whole body.

Internal uses:  Its stimulating action helps to counteract stress, and supplies energy to the body, making it especially useful for those recovering from illness. Licorice works with the lungs, stomach, intestines, spleen, liver, and adrenals. Other uses: constipation, coughs, Cushing's disease, to increase the effectiveness of adrenal hormone glucocorticoids in the liver, impotency, liver protector, and Crohn’s disease. 



Botanical name:  Lobelia inflata

Origin:  USA/India

Therapeutic actions:  Antispasmodic; Anti-venomous; Astringent; Cathartic; Counter-irritant; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Emetic; Expectorant; Emmenagogue; Nauseant; Nervine; Relaxant; Stimulant.

Nutrients:  Calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B12 and C.

Drug interactions:  Check with the physician if on nicotine alternatives.

Description:  Lobelia is commonly used both externally and internally to relax all spasms.


Botanical name:  Trifolium pratense

Origin:  USA/Croatia

Therapeutic actions:  Alterative; Anti-scrofulous; Antibiotic; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-viral; Anti-fungal; Anti-microbial; Antineoplastic; Anti-tumor; Antispasmodic; Aperient; Anti-cancer; Blood purifier; Detergent; Diuretic; Expectorant; Laxative; Sedative; Skin; Tonic.

Nutrients:  Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5 and C.

Drug Interactions:  Interacts with Estrogen, Heparin, Ticlopidine and Warfarin.

Description:  It is considered one of the best blood cleansers.  It is beneficial for the liver, lungs, nerves, digestion, and lymph.



Botanical name:  Cassia marilandica

Origin:  India

Therapeutic actions:  Antibilious; Anti-periodic; Cathartic; Laxative; Purgative; Tonic; Vermifuge.

Drug Interactions:  Interacts with Digoxin.

Description:  Senna is a very strong laxative herb that may cause griping if used without other herbs. It is wise to use it in combination with warming, stimulating, and antispasmodic herbs such as Ginger. 

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