Constipation has become an increasingly common problem as our modern-day lifestyle brings on poor eating habits and stress. As one naturopath famously said: “What imports into the body one day should be exported the next”.
Linoforce is a licensed herbal constipation remedy. Natural herbal constipation remedies such as those found in Linoforce (made from linseeds, senna and frangula), have been used for decades for the relief of constipation. Linoforce is one of Alfred Vogel’s very first remedies.
Take 1 level spoonful (spoon provided) at night along with a glass of water or juice. Take at least 150ml of fluid and in general, make sure you drink plenty of water.
Like all constipation remedies available without prescription, do not use LInoforce for more than 1 week. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor if you have not already done so. Constipation remedies should not be used as an aid to long-term weight loss.
Each dose (4.1g) of Linoforce contains:
- 1.76g of whole Linseed
- 0.43 – 0.70g of Senna leaf
- 36 – 58mg of Frangula bark
Each dose of Linoforce corresponds to 20.5mg of hydroxyanthracenederivatives (calculated as sennoside B)
Do not use Linoforce to relieve your constipation if you:
- Are under 12 years old
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients in the product
- Experience severe or persistent tummy pain, sickness (or feel nauseous) with unknown causes
- Notice a sudden change in your bowel habits persisting for more than 2 weeks
- Suffer or notice blood in your stools
- Have a chronic bowel condition
- Are dehydrated
- Are a woman and have a hormonally dependent tumour
- Have already tried other constipation remedies which have not worked
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are taking prescribed medicines for a heart condition, a diuretic, medicines to slow contractions of the bowel, or those which induce QT prolongation, adrenocorticosteroids or liquorice root confectionery
- Have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars
- Have a kidney disorder as this product may cause an electrolyte imbalance
If you find that you need to use constipation remedies every day, see your doctor before taking Linoforce. It may not be suitable for you.
Linseed, otherwise known as flaxseed, is one of mankind’s oldest traditional constipation remedies.
It has many uses having been grown for its seeds as well as plant fibres. Linseed originated from geographical areas between the Eastern Mediterranean and India, and was also extensively cultivated by ancient cultures such as the Egyptians and Ethiopians.
Linseed’s versatility has seen other uses aside from constipation, including paper and fabric manufacture, dyes, soaps and hair gels. The oil is to be found in many wood finishing products as well as being a useful nutritional supplement.
The reason that these little linseeds are so useful for relieving constipation in a product like Linoforce is that it is rich in fibre. Furthermore the outside of the seed is coated with a natural film that absorbs moisture, creating a kind of ‘jelly’ making the coating of the linseeds slippery.
Senna leaves are another ingredient in Linoforce traditionally used for relieving constipation. The plant can be found throughout the tropics. The leaves, the part of plant used in Linoforce, have played a major role in traditional healthcare and were often prepared as infusions for a number of conditions. Nowadays senna leaves can also be found in herbal teas – used particularly by those trying to lose weight.
Frangula, or alder buckthorn, grows in wet soil in open woods and hedgerows. Although having a number of traditional medicinal uses, today, it is best known as a natural herbal remedy for constipation.
In the more distant past, it has played an important role in Greek Medicine. Galen, a Greek Physician in 2 AD, credited Frangula and its close botanical relatives with an ability to protect one from witches, demons, poisons and headaches! Many years later, Frangula was found to be very useful in the manufacture of gunpowder (no pun intended!).