It's a fact of the natural healing profession for many years, and is recently being validated by the medical physicians, well over 90% of degenerative disease conditions can be related directly to intestinal stasis meaning, a stagnant, fermenting condition within the bowels and related organs. This does not necessarily correspond to actual known constipation.
Someone can move his bowels many times a day, and still be encumbered with dead cells, decaying food materials, poisonous chemicals, parasites, pus, mucus, etc., all of which contribute to the circulation of toxins throughout the whole body, giving rise to an endless chain of disease conditions.
These facts should be taken into consideration when nutrition programs and vitamin therapy are introduced for the first time. The body’s response to a proper nutrition program is to start releasing stored toxins from the cells and this puts more stress on organs of elimination (colon, kidneys, lungs, liver, blood, and skin)
Many times these organs are already malfunctioning from past intake of drugs, additives, and refined, processed and overcooked foods. The result of this could be symptoms of nausea, weakness, headaches, rashes, and tiredness.
To prevent this from happening, Dr. Shaklee invented HERB-LAX, a combination of nine different herbs that help detoxify the body through better, more complete, elimination.
It is important to understand that herbs are not in any way related to the artificial colon—cleansers promoted online or in other media. Herbs do not act like ordinary laxatives that irritate the tissues and force the bowel to eject its contents This weakens the organs and causes dependencies. But herbs, being a food, nourish the bowel and related organs to strengthen them so that they will function entirely on their own, effectively eliminating waste materials.
It is hard to say how many HERB-LAX an individual should use, since each person differs. Choose the dose that gives you two to three soft, easy bowel movements daily. This can range from one half to 30 per day (in the case of Diverticulitis).
Those who are faithful in using HERB-LAX for internal cleanliness will get surprising good side effects as days, weeks and months go by. These include a better complexion, no headaches, no bad breath, little odor during bowel movements, plus more energy and clearer thinking.
You can hardly study the Shaklee product Herb-Lax® without gaining a profound respect for our founder Forrest C. Shaklee, Sr. What an amazing mind he had to conceive such a product at the time he did. Remember, interest in herbal medicines had waned considerably during the middle of the last century.
Shaklee Herb-Lax was the second Shaklee product developed, and it has truly withstood the "test of time" remaining one of Shaklee's favorite products. Dr. Shaklee knew that proper elimination of waste from the bowel is one of the keys to optimal health. It is said that 90% of degenerative diseases are related to, or worsened by, the food we eat passing too slowly through our intestinal system.
The fact that Herb-Lax® contains Senna leaf powder and is therefore a laxative is a no-brainer. Practically everyone in the medical or herbal community would understand that. Dr. Shaklee made his signature product unique by blending an additional eight herbs with the Senna leaf powder to enhance its use - to speed up the movement of foodstuffs through the intestinal system.
DR Shaklee was able to accomplish this without the usual unwanted side effects of taking a laxative. Something to consider is the label states a serving size of four tablets. That would indeed cause a gentle bowel movement within several hours, by taking less than the serving size, you effectively speed up the flow of food and waste through the intestinal tract without causing diarrhea.
Why does herblax work the way it does? Certainly, several of the herbs contained in this product produce a laxative action. In addition to Senna leaf powder, buckthorn bark powder, licorice root, blue malva powder, and culver root all have shown some laxative action.
They do, however, along with the other herbs present, fulfill other functions within the GI tract to complete the action.
For example, licorice root, alfalfa, fennel seed and anise seed aid in digestion. Licorice root also reduces the production of stomach acid (good for heartburn?); and relieves gas, as does anise seed. Anise seed also acts to relieve stomach cramps. Rhubarb is unusual in that in can cause a laxative effect, and it has the opposite effect in small doses!
Bottom Line: DR Shaklee knew what he was doing by combining all these natural herbs into one fantastic product called HERBLAX. Today it's still one of our best selling products. Why because it flat out works and it's very cost effective.