What is Internal Cleansing?

Internal cleansing is a means of relieving the blood, lymphatic system and filtering organs of toxins. It is often recommended before surgery to allow a more productive outcome as well as help the patient through recovery. Internal colon cleansing can be accomplished through fasting, a specific prescription using digestive cleansers or colonics. Holistic treatments involve herbs or hot oil massages and elimination therapies.

When initiating any internal cleansing procedure, it is important to first clear the elimination channels of the colon. It is imperative that a colon cleanse is completed before any organ cleansing is attempted. If not, the toxins will recycle back into the blood and overload the system. The result will make you extremely ill and uncomfortable.

There are many colon detoxifications and cleansers available on the market. Colonics are an important vehicle in internal cleansing. They cleanse the complete colon while enemas only cleanse the lower section. A colonic involves hydrotherapy or irrigation of the colon with warm water or herbs. Both colonics and detoxification programs involve some mild fasting.


The digestion, including the filtering systems, never gets time off. According to holistic practitioners, by periodically fasting and giving your system an internal cleanse, your body has an opportunity to rest, heal and correct any imbalances. If fasting is uncomfortable, you can also eat just one food. For example, only eat organic, steamed zucchini or Bieler’s Broth. Fasting on fresh raw vegetable or fruit juice is another option. By not complicating your food intake, the system can still have an opportunity to rest.

Once the colon is clear, then the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and gallbladder can be flushed and cleansed. One of the more important responsibilities of the liver is cleansing the blood. By completing a colon cleanse beforehand, the blood that flows through the liver will be toxin free and the cleanse will be more productive.

Another way to accomplish an internal cleanse is through the lymphatic system. Toxins can be stored in the body in excess fluids. Natural diuretics are a simple way to remove this buildup. Apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice, dandelion, fennel, green tea and nettle can be taken after or during fasting to release these toxins. Diuretics such as artichokes, asparagus, beets, cucumbers, garlic, oats, watercress and watermelons also accomplish removing these toxins.

While doing an internal cleansing, it is important to keep in mind that along with cleansing and detoxifying, that rebuilding and nourishing needs to take place. Many herbal remedies are available to help in this process. Psyllium and many laxative formulas are available for purifying the elimination channels of your system. Triphala is an ayurvedic formula that accomplishes both cleansing and nourishing as it has probiotic qualities to help replenish what the system has lost.

For cleansing the filtering organs, such as the liver, gallbladder and kidneys more intense programs are necessary. The body needs to be relieved of everything from artificial fats and chemicals to toxic metals. When these organs are functioning properly, they can transform any harmful substances into harmless ones that can easily be eliminated through the urine or bowel.

Many conventional physicians do not believe that internal cleanses, or liver and gallbladder cleanses are necessary and in some cases unsafe. For example, if a person has gallstones, flushing the liver can overload the gallbladder and cause some of the stones to become lodged. This requires immediate surgery for their removal. For people who have strong healthy systems, most agree internal cleansing is healthy and healing. As people age, they should focus more on nourishing, rather than purifying.



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