Characteristics and function:Lower Bowel Tonic (LBT-3) comes from a generic group of herbal formulas that are specific for the colon and benefit the digestive tract. The exact ratio of herbs has great significance for how well it works. Although it has a cleansing or laxative effect, its major functions are to increase muscle tone and flexibility of the intestinal wall and to correct neural and hormonal control throughout the system. Many practitioners of natural methods strongly believe a clean and healthy colon is the first and perhaps the most important step toward better health.
The problem is that many laxative type formulas are "addictive" in the sense that the longer you take them, the more you need to take to get the same action. This formula is quite different. Working on muscle tone, it strengthens the colon, instead of just causing bowel movement. After taking this formula for several months, the patient needs less for the same action.
Cascara sagrada, buckthorn and turkey rhubarb are the major components. All have a group of glycosides in them that stimulate catharsis.
Two of these glycosides, emodin and chrysophanic acid, work similarly to the brakes and gas pedal in a car, controlling the motility of the colon. This control causes the major building feature of this formula.
Cascara sagrada not only acts as a laxative, but restores natural tone to the colon.Ginger and fennel seeds help reduce gripping or nausea in the intestinal tract during the cleansing phase. Goldenseal strengthens the mucous membranes while raspberry leaves work as a demulcent, soothing the intestinal tract. Lobelia works on nervous control and the cayenne increases blood circulation.
Suggested Use:Two to three capsules, two the three times daily or as needed.
Diarrhea is often experienced for the first few days. If this continues after the third day, decrease dose accordingly.
Each caplets contains:
Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) (52.2 mg)
Lobelia Herb (Lobelia inflata) (34 mg)
Cascara Sagrada Bark (Rhamnus purshiana) (104.2 mg)
Barberry Root Bark (Berberis vulgaris) (34.8 mg)
Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare) (34.8 mg)
Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis Canadensis) (34.8 mg)
Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) (34.8 mg)
Turkey Rhubarb Root (Rhamnus cathartica) (34.8 mg)
Cayenne Fruit (80000 HU) (17.4 mg)