Natural Blood Cleansing Herbs & Dietary Supplements | Barron Report

Date: 09/10/2007    Written by: Jon Barron

Cleansing Your Blood

Although widely misunderstood, cleansing the blood is probably one of the most important weapons in the alternative health arsenal for achieving optimum wellness and defeating cancer.   In this report, we'll talk about what herbs work and why!

There are actually several ways to cleanse your blood. One of the most effective is to use proteolytic enzymes between meals or before bed. Within a matter of minutes, the enzymes enter the bloodstream and begin cleaning the detritus out of the blood and stimulating the immune cells to consume Circulating Immune Complexes in the blood. This can make a significant improvement in your overall health rather quickly.

What we're talking about here, though, is something different – using herbal blood cleansers to remove toxic residues from the blood so that your blood and body resist cancer and tumors. The great blood cleansing herbs are: red clover, burdock root, chaparral, poke root, and sheep sorrel. These are the herbs you will find in the famous blood cleansing formulas such as the Hoxsey formula, Essiac Tea, the Dr. Christopher and Dr. Schulze formulas, These formulas can literally "drive" bad things out of your body – or prevent them from entering in the first place.With that in mind, let's look at the "perfect" blood cleansing formula.

What exactly is a blood cleanser?

First of all, the very name “blood cleanser” is a euphemism. In fact, this formula and every herb in it is considered by herbalists to be anticancer. (Though not acknowledged as such by governmental agencies.) Variations of this formula have been used for hundreds of years by Native American tribes. More recently, versions have surfaced, as I mentioned earlier, such as the Hoxsey formula, Essiac Tea, and Jason Winters Tea, etc. The very fact that we can't talk openly about the anticancer property of herbs and herbal formulas is probably the most political topic in alternative health today.

Not surprisingly, as we go through the individual herbs in my recommended blood cleansing formula…

Chaparral, Red clover, Burdock root, Poke root, Yellow dock root, Goldenseal root, Oregon grape root, Bloodroot, Mistletoe, Periwinkle flowers, Lobelia seeds, Sheep sorrel, and Cayenne.

…you will find that many of them are on the FDA cautionary list, and virtually all of them are on the Canadian list. You will also find numbers of these herbs on the lists of European countries such as Switzerland and Germany, and even Australia for that matter.

What's going on here? Why is it that the very same herbs that the great herbalists single out as being most beneficial are banned by government authorities as useless – even toxic? How does this happen – again and again? Of course, these same authorities might have more credibility if the alternative they were pushing – surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation – had a better track record. But as we all know, it doesn't.

So, since we can't talk about the cancer preventive properties of formulas, let's just talk theoretically about several of the herbs and why they are effective. Note, most of these herbs are extremely bitter and taste really horrible, but they work!


Native Americans have used Chaparral for centuries as an anticancer remedy. In fact, it is the cornerstone of most anticancer herbal formulas. Exactly how it works is open to debate, but some of its main actions are:

  • Chaparral is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants in nature. The primary biochemical responsible for this is NDGA (nordihydroguaiaretic acid). NDGA is so effective that it is often used as a food preservative.
  • It is anti-pathogenic. In other words, it kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites.
  • Chaparral has even shown much promise with herpes.
  • Chaparral cleanses the lymph system.
  • It cleanses the blood.
  • It cleanses the liver.
  • It cleanses the urinary tract.
  • It's a natural chelator that clears heavy metals from the blood.
  • Studies show that chaparral may also inhibit cell proliferation as well as DNA synthesis.
  • University tests have indicated that chaparral can destroy and dissolve many types of tumors.

So how could such a beneficial herb be on every government's blacklist? According to the FDA, "Chaparral: sold as teas and pills to fight cancer and "purify blood," has been linked to serious liver damage. FDA has recorded two deaths and 10 cases of hepatitis or other liver abnormalities in users."

The reality, though, is that the evidence for chaparral liver toxicity is anecdotal. It's not the result of any double blind studies or clinical trials. For example, one of the cases the FDA likes to cite can be found in the Journal of the American Medical Association 1995;273 (6):489). The details of the case concern a 60-year-old woman who developed jaundice and liver failure while taking one to two capsules of chaparral each day with a pinch of garlic in a tea made from nettle and chickweed. The authors of the JAMA article concluded it was the chaparral that caused the liver problems. What is fascinating is that the patient in question was also consuming atenolol, aspirin, using a nitro patch, and occasional acetaminophen, as well as diltiazem hydrochloride - all drugs with profound hepatoxic potential. Amazingly, none of these other substances were even considered as a possible cause of the liver problems by the authors...or the FDA. What a surprise!

Nevertheless (and despite the fact that extensive studies in the 70's and 80's were unable to find any hepatotoxic properties), in December 1992, FDA Commissioner David Kessler announced, "The public should not purchase or consume chaparral."

After these allegations of liver toxicity by the FDA, manufacturers voluntarily restricted sales of chaparral for several years until the reports were investigated. Following a lengthy review, a panel of medical experts concluded "no clinical data was found... to indicate chaparral is inherently a hepatic toxin." In late 1994, this report was submitted to the FDA and chaparral was subsequently given a clean bill of health by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). After comparing the quantity of chaparral consumed each year (it is estimated that over 200 tons, 500 million capsules, have been sold in the U.S. in the last two decades alone) to the number of product complaints, industry regulators concluded that chaparral did not pose a significant threat to consumer safety. (Dr. Clark Watt and a group of scientists and doctors concluded that hepatoxicity was most likely due to an allergic reaction rather than "inherent liver toxicity.")

So is this remarkable herb (the cornerstone of many great formulas) now sold freely in the marketplace and used to benefit ailing people all over the world? Hardly!

Search for “chaparral toxicity” on the web and you will see numerous articles still announcing the dangers of the herb (all citing the same cases from the early 90's.) Or try to buy chaparral in Canada or much of Europe. Right! The problem is that once an herb is labeled dangerous (even if disproved at a later date), the stigma remains – and is brought up over and over and over again...acquiring truth through repetition, if not through fact.

Fortunately, despite the bad press, chaparral is at least available (for the time being) in the United States.

Even better, I have tracked down some of the highest quality chaparral to be found and then doubled its efficacy through Barron Effect® processing and Bio-energization™ frequency enhancement.

Red Clover

Red Clover is the other staple of herbal blood cleansing formulas and has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. It's an excellent blood purifier that over time gradually cleanses the bloodstream and corrects deficiencies in the circulatory system. But among classic herbalists, it is probably best known as one of the main herbs for treating all varieties of cancer -- anywhere in the body -- and is found as a central ingredient in many anticancer formulas, again including the Hoxsey formula, Jason Winters tea, and Essiac tea.

Not surprisingly, most doctors, the FDA and many “new-school” herbalists have dismissed red clover as useless in dealing with cancer. However, researchers at the National Cancer Institute have indeed found anti-tumor properties in red clover. Genistein, a biochemical in red clover has the ability to prevent tumors from developing the blood supplies they need to survive – thus starving them and killing them.

As it turns out, genistein is the same biochemical considered to be the main beneficial biochemical in soy. But red clover has a significant advantage over soy. It contains not just genistein, but significant levels (about ten times that found in soy) of all four beneficial estrogenic isoflavones (a special class of antioxidants) including daidzein. In addition to isoflavones, red clover contains another class of anticancer phytoestrogen compounds called coumestans – primarily in the form of biochanin.

Note: Soy consumption, unlike red clover consumption, does not result in any increase in biochanin in the blood. Is that important? Studies have shown that biochanin may significantly inhibit breast cancer proliferation.

Other Blood Cleansing Herbs

Burdock root is probably the most famous detoxifying agent in the herbal arsenal. It cleanses the blood by increasing the effectiveness of all the body's elimination systems. Its diuretic effect helps the kidneys filter impurities from the blood. It helps push toxins out through the skin, and it also boosts the ability of the liver to remove toxins. The bottom line is that by pushing toxins out through a variety of pathways, burdock can purify the blood with minimal side effects and with minimal stress to the body. Note: although burdock root has traditionally been used to treat diabetes, in excessive amounts, it may interfere with blood sugar medications.

Pokeroot and Yellow dock root are both powerful blood cleansers and lymph cleansers, inciting and increasing the action of lymph glands throughout the entire body. Not surprisingly, both herbs are staples of many traditional herbal anticancer formulas.

Bloodroot has been researched and found to be a potent anticancer agent. In addition to laboratory tests, it has been used to treat tens of thousands of people over the last century and a half. Many of these (according to some estimates as many as 80%, which is probably greatly exaggerated) experienced remission of malignancy and longer life expectancies than people with similar conditions who chose different treatments.

Oregon grape root is frequently used by herbalists as a blood cleanser and to stimulate the liver and gall bladder and as a mild laxative.

Mistletoe's use for treating cancer is so widespread in central Europe that it actually is estimated as many as 60 to 70 percent of cancer patients incorporate it into their therapy. Even now, the National Institutes of Health is studying mistletoe's anticancer properties. According to the details of the study, “mistletoe lectin may slow the growth of cancer cells and be an effective treatment for solid tumors.” In addition, a compelling case can be made for careful investigation of mistletoe's anti-diabetic properties. African mistletoe has long been used to treat diabetes in Nigeria. In rats with diabetes, mistletoe has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels. Another study demonstrated that mistletoe extract stimulated insulin secretion from clonal pancreatic cells.

Sheep sorrel. René Caisse, who popularized Essiac tea as a cancer cure, felt sheep sorrel was the most active cancer fighter among all the herbs present in her formula. That viewpoint was seconded by Dr. Chester Stock at Sloan-Kettering in New York. Dr. Stock studied sheep sorrel for over three years in the mid-seventies. His conclusion was that sheep sorrel was found to be responsible for the destruction of cancer cells in the body, and inhibited metastasis by actually causing cancer cells to return to the original tumor site.

Not surprisingly, this information was not made available to the public. But even better, when the Canadian Ministry of Health & Welfare saw the study, they immediately banned sheep sorrel from sale and distribution!


These are the key herbs found in my ideal blood cleansing formula. Although most people use this formula as part of their biannual liver and gallbladder flush, it should be considered in its own right as an important formula to be used in maintaining optimal health. When used regularly, it will work to purify and optimize your blood, cleanse your liver, kill viruses, destroy cancer, and much more.

PS: To get past the taste (very bitter, very spicy),  I recommend adding it to 2 oz of thin sweet juice such as apple or pear, downing it in one gulp like a shot of liquor, and then swishing some plain juice in your mouth to clear the taste. Thick juices such as peach or orange tend to coat the mouth, which makes the taste linger – not good. And diluting it more simply means you have to drink more, rather than getting it all down in one quick gulp.

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    Submitted by AM on
    August 22, 2011 - 4:44pm

    I'm looking for something to help with high colesterol

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    August 22, 2011 - 5:28pm

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    Submitted by Guest Muhammed on
    October 14, 2011 - 4:07pm

    need some help on blood cleansers for myoscitis .

    Submitted by lino c salazar jrGuest on
    March 26, 2012 - 3:38am

    very nice and educational

    Submitted by Guest on
    April 18, 2012 - 8:22pm

    My husbund has hep c and liver cirrhios what is a good detox for his body and blood stream

    Submitted by Guest on
    May 25, 2012 - 5:00pm

    Did you read the article lady?!? Geeezz!!

    Submitted by Guest on
    June 18, 2012 - 9:43am

    He does not need detox. Simply keep him out of the pub.

    Submitted by Guest on
    May 11, 2012 - 2:35pm

    People have to stop behaving like sheep, I have just ordered Chaparral based on this info, I gave my own mind and take responsibility for my own health. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, a month before this I watched a program called 'forbidden cures for cancer' and i transcribed it for my blog as the cures were fascinated and of course banned by the medical profession and the cancer research groups!! then a month later BAM a check up of some lumps that I had turned out to be just hormonal but they found another lump elsewhere and it was cancerous. I had surgery and I refused radiotherapy and hormone treatment because the effects of both and they tried to talk me into removing all lymph nodes which I refused the surgeon permission. All of this to the Surgeons and the consultants utter amazement. I took all natural products after surgery including essiac tea. After 3 months they were amazed that I was doing fine and they told me to come back in 6 months for a check up, had a blood test everything was fine, had a little scare on the mammogram in that they thought I had a lump on my other breast but was a false alarm, and told me to come back in a year. I still take essiac. But I have psoriasis and there are good people who have linked psoriasis with cancer - a fungus type disease. I aslo found that candida was found in all patients who had passed from cancer this was a study which was carried out and still ignored by the medical profession.
    No one ever asked me about my life style or diet in any consultation that I attended and I think this would reveal some amazing results. I try to stay away from fungus foods and commercial bread as it is high in yeast and I stay away from things that have yeast in it. Knowledge is most definitely power and we as a human race should stop being brainwashed into believing mainstream hype and do our own research. lets prove Einstein wrong and use all of our brain.
    Light and Love

    Submitted by Guest on
    May 29, 2012 - 3:49am

    Good article, now I'm confused. How does 'redbush tea' rate as a detoxer and blood cleanser?

    Submitted by S. Williams on
    July 8, 2012 - 3:50pm

    Mr. Barron, I am an allopathic med student in the States. I'd like to take this article more seriously, however (regarding the section on chaparral, which is the only one I read).... 1) Where is this article by Dr. Clark Watt et al? Can't find it anywhere. Why do you not cite it directly? 2) You cite ONE JAMA article, that is inaccessible to the public in its entirety, so I cannot verify that the 60yo patient in question was also taking the other potentially hepatotoxic medications (until I go to school and look it up). Why don't you quote the relevant parts in your article? 3) Where are the publications from the 70's and 80's studies that found no association between chaparral use and hepatotoxicity? I did find these articles from the 2000's; I can't access them in their entirety either, but the abstracts alone make a pretty strong case: Of course they cite the articles from the 90's; all publications cite relevant past articles as references. The second article seems quite specific about how it was chaparral in particular that seemed to cause the problem (in that it apparently resolved after ceasing to ingest specifically chaparral...). I'm not a big fan of the FDA or Big Pharma, but I'm also not a fan of shoddy science and manipulating facts to sell products to people with no scientific background (who are thus less able to objectively analyze various claims). The ability to adeptly interpret scientific data is a learned skill that requires a sufficient base of knowledge. It sucks, but that's the way it is. Too much of anything is bad; even oxygen. At the right dose, it can be beneficial. Thus I don't totally write off your claims; but it seems to me you may be doing a bit of twisting facts to suit your own agenda. I hope you will prove me incorrect. I challenge you to step up your game, sir.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 17, 2012 - 6:05pm

    We forwarded your question to Jon Barron, and were able to catch him while participating in a series of meetings on the other side of the country. He responded as follows:

    Dear S. Williams:

    I understand the intent of your question, but the specifics are confusing. You claim that the cited studies are inaccessible to the public, but as a medical student, you would have free access to all such studies in your school library. But that said, any of these studies are available to anyone from the public willing to pay on average about $30 per article – which is what I do to read them. And of course, as you would be well aware, I cannot then publish articles in their entirety to support my quotations from them, as that would be a violation of copyright. Like everyone else, I am obligated to restrict my references to citations, pointing in most cases to abstracts. And if nothing else, you are holding my article to a far higher standard than any article published in any medical journal, as they all rely on citations that point to abstracts…if they point to anything at all.

    Incidentally, the Gordon study that you want to see and that refers to the hepatoxic drugs used by the patient is actually available in its entirety from JAMA (I have provided a link below.) It’s easily found on the JAMA website.

    As to the JAMA article you cite below as pretty convincing, you stopped reading too soon. The link you provided opens the entire article, not just an abstract.  If you check the citations at the bottom used to support the claims against chaparral, you will find they are all the old studies I mentioned in my original article, including the Gordon article—ah yes, always the Gordon study. Nothing new here. Just a repetition of the same previously discredited studies.

    Incidentally, instead of citing the studies from the 70’s and 80’s, I referenced below a more recent study, one subsequent to cited studies in the JAMA article you referenced and that points out their flaws.

    With that said, let me elaborate on the history behind chaparral.

    Dietary supplements containing Larrea tridentata, as a raw herbal ingredient, were the subject of scrutiny for a brief period in the mid-1990s. The cause of this concern was thoroughly investigated, and no official regulatory action was initiated. This scrutiny was initiated by the published anecdotal case mentioned above (Gordon 1995), whereby severe liver toxicity in an elderly patient was supposedly related to the consumption of raw chaparral herb. Although this case was published, it has been widely scrutinized as an attack against the herbal industry since major facts of the case, especially the fact that the patient had been taking many prescription drugs, including several prescription drugs that were well known to cause severe liver damage, were buried without note within the report, and the findings as a whole did not support the cause and effect conclusion that chaparral was responsible. When the report was subsequently published by Gordon, the hepatoxic drugs diltiazem hydrochloride, atenolol, and acetaminophen were in fact listed in the first paragraph – although they were subsequently dismissed as a possible cause of the liver damage because they didn’t fit the “clinical and histological features” to support such a diagnosis. But neither did chaparral, and yet it was afforded the singular honor of being blamed in the report.

    During this period of investigation by the FDA, the major herbal products associations, the National Nutritional Foods Association and the American Herbal Products Association asked their members to institute a voluntary moratorium on the sale of chaparral-containing products. The American Herbal Products Association also cooperated with the FDA in their investigation and commissioned a panel to perform a medical review of the four initial cases of hepatotoxicity reported by FDA, allegedly associated with chaparral ingestion – including the case mentioned above. This investigative panel was headed by Dr. Clark Watts M.D., J.D., of the law firm, Ford and Ferraro (Austin, TX), and included, Stephen Schenker, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Chief, Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio; Atilla Ertan, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief, Gastroenterology Division, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; and Boris Yoffe, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Molecular Virology, Hepatitis Research Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine.

    After reviewing the case reports, three physicians concluded that the reported toxicity was due to idiosyncratic reactions in persons with pre-existing liver conditions. To quote from the report published in September of 1994, "In summary, this review did not reveal evidence that Chaparral is inherently hepatotoxic.”  Shortly afterwards, AHPA, which had voluntarily withdrawn chaparral from the U.S. market pending the results of the medical review, released chaparral for sale, with the provision that chaparral products intended for internal use carry an informational label statement.

    Note: There is still a prevalent misconception that the FDA banned chaparral. In fact, the FDA has never banned any products containing this herb. Let me repeat: the FDA has never banned any products containing this herb.



    The citation for the Watts Report is: <Watts, C. “Final Report to the American Herbal Products Association.” Special Counsel, Ford and Ferraro, LLP, Austin, TX. 6 Sept 1994.>. Unfortunately, there do not appear to be any internet accessible copies available at this time.

    The Gordon study can be found in its entirety in the Journal of the American Medical Association. <Dafna W. Gordon, MD; Gayle Rosenthal, MD; John Hart, MD; et al. "Chaparral Ingestion The Broadening Spectrum of Liver Injury Caused by Herbal Medications." JAMA. 1995;273:489-490.>

    And In 2001, a retrospective clinical study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found no evidence of liver toxicity from the use of low dose chaparral. It is available in its entirety at: <SILENA HERON, N.D., and ERIC YARNELL, N.D. "The Safety of Low-Dose Larrea tridentata (DC) Coville (Creosote Bush or Chaparral): A Retrospective Clinical Study. THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE. Volume 7, Number 2, 2001, pp. 175–185>

    Submitted by Marcus on
    August 2, 2012 - 3:16am

    And the student who thinks he knows everything has been served. I can only blame the university system that instills selfish pride in students by abusing them mentally and overwhelming them with an impossible amount of work. Thanks for the info doc.

    Submitted by nechelle woods on
    February 4, 2013 - 12:04pm

    how do I get these stuff

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    February 4, 2013 - 12:42pm

    If you check out our "Products" page above, you can see all of Jon Barron's recommendations and where to buy.  Note that most formulas can be found at

    Submitted by esther ryan on
    April 6, 2013 - 9:43am

    I have kidney disease and I am on dialysis. I am on the home treatment. what I am looking for is a cleanser that will work along with the treatment that I am already taking. I am going to try the Burdock root. I hope that it works


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