Why Candle Bush Is So Popular In Japan

We consume toxins through food, drinks, hygiene products, and free radicals every day. The fast-paced lifestyle Americans face can make drinking enough water, exercising, and eating healthy almost impossible. Toxic food and drinks consumed on a regular basis create havoc on our bodies and can cause a myriad of health conditions. It is well known that many diseases are linked to problems with the digestive system. A disruptive gut happens when undigested toxins and food escape through intestines and into the bloodstream. Poor digestive issues can cause food intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome, skin issues, thyroid dysfunction, depression, and anxiety.

Regular detoxification can help promote better health. Typically while detoxing, you are to refrain from sugar, alcohol, processed foods, and any other harmful substance that can affect your gut. You should focus on whole grains, fruits, locally sourced meats, and vegetables. It is also crucial to drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins more quickly. There are many versions of detox diets. However, tea detoxing is becoming increasingly popular. Most detox teas contain ingredients that reduce inflammation in the digestive tract including licorice, ginger, hibiscus, and dandelion. Not all teas for detoxing are the same. Candle bush is an excellent choice if you are attempting to try a tea detox for better health.

What Is Candle Bush?

Candle bush is also known as senna alata or ringworm bush. It is an herb used to make medicine from its leaves and fruit of the plant. The leaves fold over in the dark giving it its nickname. It is the fastest growing plant but is short-lived. It is widely used in medicine for its fungicidal properties to treat fungal infections and ringworm. The pods and leaves can be cooked and eaten just like vegetables. You can grow this herb from seeds at home.

The History of Candle Bush

Candle bush is a native to Mexico and grows up to 4 meters high with horizontal branches. You will find it in Colombia, Central Africa, Cuba, India, Australia, North America, and many other countries.

How It Affects Your Body

The herb irritates the lining of the bowel that creates a laxative effect. It can be taken orally for the short-term treatment of constipation. It is FDA approved for adults and children ages 2 and older. It is incredibly useful for older adults when combined with psyllium. It works similar to castor oil when preparing for a colonoscopy.

Candle bush is possibly unsafe when taken long-term or in high doses. Side effects may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Electrolyte disturbances
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration

Taking candle bush for more than two weeks can cause the bowels to stop functioning correctly. Long-term use can also negatively affect the balance of electrolytes causing liver damage, muscle weakness, and heart function disorders. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult with a doctor before using this herb.

Do not take candle bush if you suffer from an intestinal blockage, appendicitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, anal prolapse, hemorrhoids, heart disease, and stomach inflammation.

Concluded in What Is Candle Bush Tea – Part 2

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