Detox Tincture Series I: Liver

Every Tuesday, Dr. Mark Carney formulates a special tincture at a reduced rate for our Thriveology Community! All Thriveology tinctures are masterfully crafted with the finest-sourced herbs, strictly of superior quality.


Welcome to the first tincture in a series of detoxification formulas! Our bodies are constantly exposed to numerous things that pollute us: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the products we use, the foods we eat, and so much more. We have organs that eliminate these toxins and the primary filter is the liver, which purifies the blood. All of us detox 24/7, and this tincture adds support to how the liver does it’s job. Symptoms of the liver being overburdened are low energy, poor digestion, fuzzy brain, a dull ache in the lower right rib area, irritability and anger, low appetite, nausea, itchy skin and liver spots. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that the liver opens up to the eyes, and eye problems and bloodshot eyes are also a sign of a compromised liver. Some people have a challenged detox system genetically, while others lead an unhealthy lifestyle. One in 2 people have livers that cannot process toxins properly, and instead, recirculate these toxins where they are reabsorbed into tissues such as fat, the brain, and other parts of the nervous system, muscles, and other organs. This formula will help your liver to process toxins the right way; transforming them into water soluble substances that can be eliminated by the body. – Dr. Mark, N.D., L.Ac.

What’s Inside: Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) – Milk Thistle gets its name from the milky fluid that comes from the plant’s leaves when they are crushed. Milk Thistle has been used as a natural treatment for liver disorders for over 2,000 years. Hundreds of modern research studies have confirmed the remarkable ability of Milk Thistle to protect the liver against virtually all types of damage. In Europe, Milk Thistle is prescribed for cirrhosis of the liver, and mushroom poisoning, as well as drug and alcohol-induced liver damage.

Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion Root) – Widely known as the peskiest of weeds, Dandelion is highly regarded as a medicinal herb. Every part of a dandelion is edible, and the root specifically is used to detoxify the liver and promote increased bile production.

Curcuma longa (Turmeric) – A recent study shows that Turmeric significantly reduces markers for liver damage/dysfunction and is believed to have anti-liver cancer properties. Turmeric removes cholesterol from the liver, protecting it from fatty liver disease. Turmeric also assists in the removal of toxins, helps the liver in coping with excess alcohol, and increases the secretion of bile, thus improving digestion.

Arctium (Burdock Root) – Burdock Root is a popular detoxifying agent that produces a diurectic effect on the body, filtering impurities from the bloodstream. Burdock Root also encourages perspiration, aiding in the release of toxins via the skin. Burdock Root contains powerful antioxidants that not only help a damaged liver to heal, but protects it from further damage.

Rumex Crispus (Yellow Dock) – Traditionally, Yellow Dock Root has been used as a blood purifier and general detoxifier. Yellow Dock decongests and dissolves accumulations in the liver, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing internally. Yellow Dock supports the function and restoration of the liver by assisting with the digestion of fatty foods and enhancing bile production.

Schisandra chinensis (Schisandra) – Schisandra is a plant whose name means “five flavored berry” because it has sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent flavors. Schisandra offers first-rate liver protective benefits, is used to treat hepatitis, and protects the liver from poisons. The plant chemicals in Schisandra improve liver function by stimulating enzymes in the liver and promoting liver cell growth.

Cynara scolymus (Globe Artichoke) – Globe Artichoke has noted medicinal use reaching back to the 16th century. Part of the thistle family (like Milk Thistle), Globe Artichoke protects the liver against toxins and infection and also increases the contractive power of the bile duct, improving the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder.

What You Can Expect: This tincture may improve liver function and processing of toxins. You may notice improvements in complexion, clearer vision, less irritability, and improved liver enzyme markers on blood tests. Furthermore, the removal of toxins helps decrease risk of many diseases.

Contraindications: If you are taking medications, check for potential interactions with these herbs, especially if you have chronic liver disease. In general, anybody with a medical condition should check with their health care provider before taking herbs. Specifically, do not use if you are taking Coumadin, are lactating or are pregnant. Tinctures do contain small amounts of alcohol so do not use if you are avoiding alcohol.

Dosage: The effect of tinctures vary, because each of us are unique. The average recommendation is 45 drops 2x/day. Shake well before dispensing each dose. The liquid can be taken straight, or mixed into water or another beverage. For fastest absorption, take directly under the tongue. Hold the liquid under your tongue for ten seconds, then swallow.


Dr. Mark Carney is a registered naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He and his wife, Dr. Carly Letzt Carney, are co-founders of Thriveology, a natural health and personal transformation practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Mark Carney is an expert in holistic medicine and acupuncture, and he works with all aspects of family practice such as weight loss, thyroid and other hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular conditions, and chronic fatigue. Dr. Carney is a nationally recognized health authority and has been featured as an expert many times in the media, including Fox News, NPR, Naturally Savvy, and more.




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