Blood Purifiers – Good for anything that ails you!

Blood Purifiers are one of my favorite classes of herbs and one that truly is at the heart of herbalism. Blood purification is an old fashioned classification of herbs that are good for just about anything – including acne, arthritis, eczema, cancer and more.
Many things in our modern life lead to blood impurities – these include stress, poor diet, and exposure to many chemicals in our daily environments. The human body is designed to clean and heal itself. Herbs help this process; while many of the drugs used in conventional medicine interfere with this process.
Any herb will have multiple properties and any of the herbs that support the liver and kidneys will also clean the blood. Most of these herbs will help restore alkaline balance to the body. Two blood cleaners that I often recommend are dandelion and burdock. Both of these will help to purify the blood, and both to some degree also support and clean the kidneys and liver.
Dandelion is very helpful for teenage acne. And it is included in many popular herbal liver and kidney cleaners.
Burdock is another herb that is a blood cleaner – I recommend it most commonly for the lymphatic system, but it works for the kidneys too. One of the more useful properties of burdock is that it will help clean both the kidneys and the joints, softening and removing excess calcium. Burdock is included in many of my horse formulas because it is very gentle, yet effective (and tasty if you are a horse.)
Echinacea is a well-known blood purifier. It is both a blood and lymph cleaner. And it also stimulates the immune system.
The are several blood cleaners that are used in traditional herbalism when the body is seriously out of balance in conditions such as cancer. These include burdock, sheep sorrel, red clover, galangal, blood root, pau d’arco and graviola. These herbs are useful for removing impurities and alkalizing the body. These herbs are part of an alternative and/or complementary approach to health as the underlying assumption is that the body can heal itself if the blood is “clean”.
Here are some of the blood cleansing formulas. Essiac, a well-known formula of several blood cleaning herbs, has been studied clinically and is known for helping to shrink tumors. The Hoxey formula is still used in some of the cancer clinics in Mexico. This is a blood purifying formula that contains red clover. And there are also the Native American herbs that are blood cleaners.
Formulas like these have fallen out of popularity as they are not understood by most people. We tend to look for remedies that I call “one hit wonders” that are supposed to cure everything. All of these blood purifying herbs and formulas can be useful depending on the challenges facing the body. But, remember that they are are just one step in restoring health to the body.

About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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7 Responses to Blood Purifiers – Good for anything that ails you!

  1. rangers says:

    Hello. Which ones in particular are good for treating eczema?

    • I like burdock and dandelion for supporting the liver and kidneys – which will also help the skin.
      And, I find that eczema typically involves food allergies and sometimes yeast/fungus.

      Please note that “treating” a condition is something only licensed medical professionals are allowed to do.

  2. Dutch says:

    I have read much recently regarding the Gerson diet and blood purification through fruit juicing supplemented with coffee enemas. The juicing component parallels much of what you have presented above. Beyond that the Gersons describe in detail the physiological process by which the coffee enema enhances this action by stimulating the liver and pancreas. Having some experience in genetics, their descriptions seem plausible, but there are also many who dismiss the idea entirely. Curious if you have any insight into this manner of blood purification. The Gersons have claimed for decades that this treatment holds the power to cure some cancers and other infectious diseases. Would love to hear any perspectives you or any other readers may have.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
      If any readers have experience with Gerson therapy, please post to this comment.
      I do not have any personal experience with this therapy – I have known several people who have done it, but it was just a step along the way, not a cure all (for the ones I know.)

  3. I didn’t realise so many herbs can help cleanse the blood. I know that my grandmother used dandelion and burdock for nettle stings and skin allergies.

    In those days they use to make into a drink as well. My little boy had eczema and d & b helped relieve the itchiness.

  4. Jo says:

    Dear Margaret;
    Can blood purifiers help cleanse the blood and/or pancreas if you suffer from diabetes?

    • Yes – they will clean. And they may help. Remember that some of the best help you can give your body is to change your lifestyle – i.e. diet and exercise. And looking at blood purifiers is a good thing too. You might also look at my blogs on whole body cleanses.

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