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How and Why to Use an Herbal Laxative on the Master Cleanse

When considering using an Herbal Laxative for The Master Cleanse, one first has to understand some simple body mechanics and what the MC is and how it works. The Master Cleanse is a liquid mono-diet, which means it is a diet of only liquids composed of only the lemonade drink; it does not require or need any other foods. In fact, other foods or supplements only hinder its effectiveness and slow down the cleansing process. However, we still need to have regularity, and that’s where the herbal laxatives come in.

Why Is an Herbal Laxative Necessary?

The cleansing process or autolysis requires enzymatic processes to function properly, the eating of food uses enzymes for digestion rather than the breaking down of dis-eased and unhealthy cells as well as wastes that accumulate in the body. This lack of eating then does not provide adequate amounts of fiber in the diet. Fiber is absolutely necessary for peristalsis or the wave like contractions that cause food to move through the digestive system and also finally to create the urge for bowel movements. To compensate for this deficiency while on the Master Cleanse one has to take an herbal laxative to ensure the colon functions and causes the waste to be loosened and dislodged from the digestive system.

Herbal Laxative Addictive?

But wait, isn’t a herbal laxative, or any laxative, addictive when taken for more than a week? Yes, but only when you are eating food on a daily basis does this occur. While on The Master Cleanse, if you don’t eliminate, you get sick; in fact, I have talked to many, many people who are on the Master Cleanse and either have misread the instructions and have not taken an herbal laxative or taken a dosage that does not work while cleansing.  The Master Cleanse is a cleansing diet, and regular eliminations are vital to feeling well and having great success. You can only stop taking a herbal laxative if you get diarrhea. Now, because The Master Cleanse is a liquid-mono diet and you only consume liquids your Bowel Movements (BMs) are liquid or runny for almost all eliminations. This is not diarrhea. Only if you are running to the bathroom 7 or more times a day should you stop or at least lower your dosage until your eliminations return to 3 or 4 a day. I myself have done The Master Cleanse over 1200 days in total and I am not dependent on laxatives at all, I was constipated until I started using The Master Cleanse in 1979.

Herbal Laxative Dosage

Dosage of the Herbal Laxative is an issue that has to be taken into consideration, the right amount is dependent on many factors including your weight, state of health, and type of laxative that you are using. There are herbal teas, encapsulated herbs and herbal tablets that can be used for The Master Cleanse but I prefer tablets as the dosage is easy to adjust to your own specific needs. My rule of thumb is to not follow the instructions on the packaging as they are for people that are already eating not cleansing. This means the dosage will be less than necessary for someone on a liquid diet, so instead of 1 tablet I take 4 and this provides enough stimulation to generally have 1 to 2 eliminations from 1 dosage. This maybe too much for some but most require this amount or more for productive BM’s. The herbal laxative should be used every morning and evening, when using salt water flush in the morning then only laxative at night.

One last note, psyllium husks are not a laxative but a high fiber food that causes peristalsis and is not recommended on The Master Cleanse.

Do you use the laxative in your Master Cleanse routine? Which Laxative do you use? Please leave a comment below to let us know your experience.

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9 Responses to How and Why to Use an Herbal Laxative on the Master Cleanse

  1. Andrea May 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    I just finished my 1st day. The lemonade does not taste bad but the Smooth Move was so gross. I’m going to get Swiss Kriss tomorrow BC I had a hard time keeping the Smooth Move down. How many tabs do I take of the Swiss Kriss? I am 165lbs.

  2. C September 21, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Lemonade Diet Day 1 – I was told about this diet and I had tried it before. I was doing it with someone the last time and they just told me about the lemonade and how to make it. Nothing about easing in or out nor the herbal laxative. I made it about 4 days or so and gave in. Technically this is my first time on my own and I want to do it right. Now that I am retrying I found this website and of course I didn’t ease in plus I bought the wrong tea I have the Detox tea by the makers of Smooth Move. I won’t be able to get the Smooth Move tea until Monday. I saw something on this website about start with the salt water flush for the first few days and then you can switch to the tea but that isn’t what the directions read so I’m asking. Is it okay for me to start the salt water flush this evening as I have only purchased the lemons, syrup and cayenne and then start the tea on Monday? Also, I had to either get Grade B 100% Maple or Grade A Organic Syrup. Did I make the right choice getting the Grade B or should I switch that on Monday and just start then? Except the notation I made above, I have researched my questions to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Dad Martin October 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Can we use a different type of laxative? Like Magnesium Citrate instead of the tea and the salt water?

  4. stella September 22, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    do you take the laxative every night that you are doing the MC or only the first night?

  5. Ginger May 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    So thankful you wrote this post. I read Tom Woloshyn’s book and I was following straight laced. I didn’t know we could take more than one herbal laxative. But now readin this I feel better about taking more than just one. Thanks

    • Ginger May 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      I am on lemonade diet day 7 ;-)

    • Andrea May 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      We can use Swiss Kriss?

  6. Andrea May 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Lemonade Diet Day 1 – Started the lemonade diet this morning without doing the full ease in process. i did the ease in for 1 day rather than 3. took my organic smooth move tea (laxative) last night and a cup this morning. will be lower to 1 cup in the evening since diarrhea is occuring. hoping for a better day tomorrow.

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