Karma Cleanse - 8 oz
This blood-cleansing tonic includes detoxified iodine and fluid extract of wild cherry bark, stillingia, yellow dock root, poke root, burdock root, and syrup made with beet sugar.
Wild cherry bark, stillingia, yellow dock root, poke root, and burdock root, along with 3/4 ounce of detoxified iodine, and enough simple syrup (heated water with beet sugar)
* Wild Cherry Bark - Prunus serotina (Ehrh.)
Synonyms: Virginian prune, black cherry, black choke, choke cherry, rum cherry
Prunus is a large tree, up to 30m tall, and is widely distributed in woods throughout North America, especially in the Northern and Central states. It produces alternate stiff oblong or ovate leaves with serrated margins and small white flowers growing in lateral racemes. The bark is rough and nearly black on older trunks, but that used is younger, smooth, glossy and reddish brown with white lenticels and underlying greenish-brown cortex. The fruit is a nearly spherical, purple-black drupe, around 1.5cm in diameter, ripening in late summer and autumn.
Parts used: dried bark
Constituents: cyanogenic glycosides including prunasin; volatile oil, benzaldehyde, coumarins, benzoic acid, gallitannins, resin, an enzyme (prunase).
Actions: antitussive, expectorant, mild sedative, astringent, digestive bitter, tonic, pectoral, stomachic
Indications: irritable and persistent cough of bronchitis, pertussis, cough due to increased irritability of respiratory mucosa. Nervous dyspepsia.
Therapeutics and Pharmacology: Prunus is an important cough remedy. The cyanogenic glycosides are hydrolysed in the body to glucose, benzaldehyde and hyanocyanic acid, otherwise known as prussic acid. Prussic acid is rapidly excreted via the lungs where it first increases respiration and then sedates the sensory nerves which provoke the cough reflex. Due to its powerful sedative action, it is used primarily in the treatment of irritating and persistent coughs when increasing expectoration is inappropriate, and thus has a role in the treatment of bronchitis and whooping cough and in the racking cough of debility or convalescence. It can be combined with other herbs to control asthma. Both the cyanogenic glycosides and volatile oil help to improve the digestion, and Prunus may be used as a bitter where digestion is sluggish. The cold infusion of the bark may be used as a wash in eye inflammation and as an astringent in diarrhea.
* Stillingia - (Stillingia sylvatica)
Common Names and Synonyms: Queen's Delight, Queen's Root, Silver Leaf, Yaw Root
Background: This plant grows in sandy soil from Maryland to Florida; along the Gulf of Mexico, and westward toward Colorado. The leaves are elliptical and leathery, having almost no base where attached to the stem. Yellow florets appear on the spiked stems from March to August, or longer where the weather is warm. The plant must be fresh to be effective. The resinous, milky juice in the yellow-brown root stalk has an unpleasant smell and bitter taste. Native to North America, stillingia has been used extensively to treat syphilis. Herbalists also use this herb as a blood purifier, digestive aid and immune enhancer.
* Yellow Dock Root - (Rumex crispus)
Common Names and Synonyms: Curled Dock, Narrow-leafed Dock
Background: Native to Europe and now widely distributed in North American, yellow dock has traditionally been used as a mild laxative and liver cleanser. It was also used externally to relieve insect stings. Today, herbalists use yellow dock as a blood cleanser, tonic and builder. It is also used to stimulate the liver and gallbladder and aid in digestion. The characteristic of this plant is the light green narrow leaves, curled at the long edges, a stem 2 or 3 feet high, and a deep root which is bright yellow when the outer bark is scraped away. The roots are gathered in the fall, thoroughly cleaned, split lengthwise, and dried. A tea made from yellow dock root is mildly cathartic and promotes the flow of bile.
* Poke Root - (Phytolacca decandra)
Synonyms: Pokeweed, Pigeon Berry, Poke Root, Coakum, Pocan
Background:Poke is a toxic herb which may be eaten after long boiling. Medicinally, poke is used as purgative and anti-inflammatory. Poke grows in shady soil across eastern North America. The green or purple stems bearing simple leaves and white flowers that give way to purple staining berries, was used in small doses by the Indians as a blood purifier. The roots were crushed and roasted. This plant must be properly cooked or it can be toxic.
Constituents: Poke root's main constituents include triterpenoid saponins, alkaloid, resins, phytolacic acid, tannin, formic acid, fatty oil and sugar.
Medicinal Action and Uses: A slow emetic and purgative with narcotic properties. As an alterative it is used in chronic rheumatism and granular conjunctivitis. As an ointment, in the proportion of a drachm to the ounce, it is used in psora, tinea capitis, favus and sycosis, and other skin diseases, causing at first smarting and heat.
The slowness of action and the narcotic effects that accompany it render its use as an emetic inadvisable. It is used as a cathartic in paralysis of the bowels. Headaches of many sources are benefited by it, and both lotion and tincture are used in leucorrhoea.
As a poultice it causes rapid suppuration in felons. The extract is said to have been used in chronic rheumatism and hemorrhoids. Authorities differ as to its value in cancer.
* Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Common Names and Synonyms: Beggar's Buttons, Thorny Burr, Gypsy's Rhubarb, Fox's Clote, Cockle Buttons
Background: Burdock grows wild throughout much Europe and the northern United States. Traditionally, burdock was used as a blood purifier and to treat skin sores. Today burdock is also used as a systemic cleanser and is particularly noted as a liver purifier and hormone balancer, especially in cases of skin, arthritic and glandular problems. The large-leafed plant bears thistle-like red or purple flowers set in a round, fruiting head, covered with burrs. Burdock grows wild along field borders from July to September and the burrs cling to the fur of any passing animal or to a person's clothing. The idea for the product known as Velcro came from the sticking quality of the burrs.
Active Ingredients: Burdock root contains: Approximately 27-45% inulin, mucilage (up to 75% of the root is carbohydrate in the form of fructo-oligo-saccharides (FOS) including inulin); 0.06-0.18% essential oil with so far 66 identified components; antibacterial polyacetylenes; bitter substances (i.e. lactones); 1.9-3.65% polyphenols including caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and other powerful flavonoid-type antioxidants; sitosterol and stigmasterol.
Karma Cleanse comes in an 8-ounce bottle, which provides you with 48 servings, an approximate 6-week supply.
Take 1/2 teaspoon twice a day.
NOTE: If you're taking Detoxified Iodine and/ or Karma Cleanse (because the Karma Cleanse has Iodine in it), they should be taken at least two hours before the Probiotic or one hour after. At issue is that there are living flora (or good bacteria) in the Probiotic that will killed by the Iodine if they are in the system at the same time. After 30 to 60 minutes, the Probiotic has been processed by the body, and there is no longer an issue. Also, if you are taking both Karma Cleanse and Detoxified Iodine, be aware that Karma Cleanse contains the equivalent of 4 drops of Detoxified Iodine per teaspoon. You will want to adjust your dosage of Detoxified Iodine.