Go take a look at the Mayo Clinic website. There you will find their collective wisdom, some of which references herbal cleanses. In short, no one needs their “system cleansed”! Your liver and kidneys do a perfectly fine job of ridding your body of toxins. In fact, doing an herbal cleanse can be quite dangerous.
The instructions for the Herbal Cleanse tablet included with the 10 day “Herbal Cleanse” say, “Take on days one through seven.”
Yet, elsewhere on their website they say this about a main ingredient (the very first ingredient, in fact) – senna extract – contained in the Herbal Cleanse, “Senna extract – Standardized to sennosides. (leaf – Cassia angustifolia)
Contains the anthroquinones, sennosides A & B, that appear during the drying process of the extract. Sennosides cause contraction of the colon lining, providing a laxative effect. Senna should only be consumed occasionally, not on a daily basis.”
Let me point out the contradiction – senna extract should NOT be taken daily. Herbal Cleanse instructions say to “take daily”.
What is senna extract?
Again, this was taken directly from the Advocare website;
“Senna alexandrina is used in modern medicine as a laxative; acting on the lower bowel, it is especially useful in alleviating constipation. It increases the peristaltic movements of the colon by irritating the colonic mucosa.”
Senna stimulates your bowels to secrete more water and electrolytes. Senna can cause, dizziness, diarrhea, and nausea. Pregnant and nursing women should not take senna. In the long term it can cause the bowels to stop functioning normally and might cause dependence on laxatives. (webmd.com)
Because of what senna extract does to your system, it is very possible, and likely, that a person taking it on a daily basis can easily become dehydrated. Senna can also cause damage.