Blood Cleansers and Antibiotics
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Michael
Posted on: January 28, 1999

I am hoping you can recommend a list of herbs the are excellent for blood purification and also work as natural antibiotics in the body.

Most herbs that are considered "blood cleansers" act on the liver, which is the organ that maintains the health of the blood. One of the roles of the liver is the elimination of toxins. Herbs that support the liver function and elimination of toxins will help to increase immunity by decreasing the stress on the body and allowing the immune system to perform its natural functions.

Burdock (Arctium lappa) is an excellent blood cleanser. It helps clear toxins from the system by stimulating the liver, digestion, kidneys and bowels. It is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Oregon Grape root (Berberis aquifolium) is a liver and gall bladder stimulant that promotes elimination by the bowel.

Nettles strengthens the blood flow and encourages elimination from the kidney.

Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) is a powerful blood cleanser which acts on the liver and gall bladder and promotes elimination by the bowel.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) encourages elimination by the lymph glands.

Echinacea: stimulates the white blood cells that fight infection. It is useful in allergies, skin diseases, sinusitis, colds and flus, sore throats and urinary tract infections. It is best taken as a tincture of the root of Echinacea purpurea or angustifolia, 3 to 5 times a day between meals.

Garlic: contains antibiotic substances that kill bacteria and fungi as well as agents that help to break down blood cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. It is especially effective in treating digestive and respiratory tract infection. It is best taken as one fresh clove, three times daily. Given that this is not an easy task, fresh garlic may be more palatable in salad dressings or added as the last ingredient in soups and stews. Some of the active ingredients are lost in cooking.

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