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Cholagogue Herbs

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Cholagogue Herbs

The Cholagogue herb property increases the flow of bile which aids digestion, as well as acting as a mild laxative, especially as a result of contraction of the gallbladder. Although there is a differentiation between 'direct cholagogues' and 'indirect cholagogues', the differences are not very important in holistic herbal practice. A 'direct cholagogue' will actually increase the amount of secreted bile, while an 'indirect cholagogue' simply increases the amount of bile being released by the gall bladder. Bile formation and flow are fundamental, facilitating fat digestion and being a natural laxative.

Some of the commonly used Cholagogue herbs are

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