Naturopathy/Cayenne pepper

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I am attmepting to progressively cleanse the mucossal debris in my intestines by drinking several different concoctions based on plant ingrediants but just recently i found a method that includes some lemon water mixed with a tablspoon of cayenne pepper in the morning. I did this for four days i while i noticed results and still am regular, i remembered reading about how people have become bowel dependent on laxatives and i posed the question if cayenne pepper if overused will have the same effect. Ive stopped and surfed here and ther coming to the conclusion that cayenne pepper will not have too much of an effect or initiate dependency because it is natural and most accounts that described dependency were from chemical laxatives. Can you help me on my speculatioin, should i drink it once every morning or part my drinks a week or so?

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Hello Jacob,
Natural laxatives can also lead to dependency, however cayenne is not really considered a herbal laxative and is unlike to cause dependence.  Whether you should drink it or not is another question.  Cayenne is usually not harmful in small amounts but a moderate dose consistently may lead to some concerns and may not be necessary, so I cannot say what might be an optimal dose for you.  In general, herbals can be safe but are not without risks.  
In health,
Dr Conner

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Kristina Conner, ND, MSOM

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Naturopathic Medicine, Oriental/ Chinese medicine, Nutrition, Natural Family Medicine, Detoxification/ Cleansing, Herbal Medicine, Natural Remedies, Acupuncture

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Licensed Naturopathic Physician for 11 years Currently: Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL

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American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, member Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians, member and Secretary

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Bastyr University, doctor of naturopathic medicine University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, residency in family and integrated medicine National University of Health Sciences, master of science in Oriental medicine

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