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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Another Cool Liver Flush

Nearly everyone has heard of H. Clark's liver flush. It's a doozy on the body but quite the stone-releaser.
And while the flush is amazing for ridding the body of stones and miscellaneous garbage, it is also a bit stressful for the chronic Lymie. It wiped me out for three days anyway, and I'm not even high on the scale of symptom severity.

Yet, ridding the liver of toxins is vital to any Lymie's speedy recovery, but not everyone is into coffee enemas or H. Clark. Fortunately, easier liver flushes exist to help rid this magnificent organ of its burden. I'm not sure the effect is quite as dramatic as that produced by Hulda's magic formula, but these can nonetheless can work wonders for many.

One that is advocated by Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac., author of Healing with Herbs and Foods, is prepared using citrus fruit, garlic, ginger, olive oil and herbal tea.

You start by squeezing enough lemons or limes to produce a cup of juice. You then add the juice of one or two cloves of garlic, freshly squeezed in a garlic press (my gosh, garlic really is good for everything), and add to that a small amount of freshly grated ginger juice. (Put ginger shreds into your garlic press to get the juice).

Add one tablespoon of olive oil, and then guzzle the mixture, preferably in the morning. Don't eat for an hour following the flush.

Then, Dr. Hobbs recommends drinking two cups of an herbal blend called "Polari Tea." It's made up of dry fennel (one part) flax (one part) burdock (1/4 part) fenugreek (one part), licorice (1/4 part) and peppermint (one part). Simmer the herbs for 20 minutes, then add peppermint and steep for 10 minutes.

Dr. Hobbs suggests doing this flush daily for ten days, taking a three-day break, and then doing it for another ten days, repeating twice yearly, in the spring and fall. If you are a Lymie or suffer from other chronic illnesses, however, you may want to do this more often, as your body allows.

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