Detoxification is a broad term that incorporates many different ways of cleansing the body’s internal systems and organs. Major methods include chelation therapy (EDTA therapy), colonic irrigation and nutritional supplementation, several varieties of herbal medicine, dietary therapy, fasting, juicing, probiotics, hydrotherapy, sauna and exercise just to name a few.
When we talk of detoxification normally there are four main types of toxins being referred and they include:
- Heavy metals
- Chemical toxins
- Microbial compounds
- Byproducts from protein metabolism
In the layman’s terms these are impurities which needs to be removed from the body system and the process of removing them is what is known as detoxification. Therefore this process (detoxification) cleanses the body, clears the skin, enhances the senses, helps weight loss, improves fertility, improves flexibility, increases vitamin and mineral absorption, purifies, reduces blood fat levels, reduces symptoms of toxicity, rejuvenates, rests organs, and slows aging.
Found in almost all alternative medical systems from Ayurveda to naturopathic, detoxification techniques seek to cleanse the body of chemicals, pollutants and other toxins to improve overall health.
Detoxification therapists use a range of healing techniques after a diagnosis is made. The first step is to reduce a patient’s contact to all toxic or allergenic substances like heavy metals, chemicals, radiation (from x rays, power lines, cell phones, computer screens, and microwaves), smog, polluted water, foods, drugs, caffeine, alcohol, perfume, excess noise, and stress. If mercury poisoning has been established, the patient will be advised to have mercury fillings from the teeth removed, preferably by a holistic dentist.
Specific treatments are used to stimulate and assist the body’s detoxification process like:
- Dietary change is immediately enacted
- Eliminating allergic and unhealthy foods
- Emphasizing foods that assist detoxification and support healing
Detoxification diets are generally low in fat, high in fiber, and vegetarian with a line of raw food emphasis while avoiding all kinds of processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine. In an effort to achieving this often nutritional supplement such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids are often prescribed.
- Spirulina is a sea algae which is frequently given to assist in eliminating heavy metals. Lipotropic agents are certain vitamins and nutrients that promote the flow of bile and fat from the liver.
- Many herbal supplements are used in detoxification therapies as well. Milk thistle extract, called silymarin, is one of the more potent herbs for detoxifying the liver.
- Naturopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) recommend numerous herbal formulas for detoxification and immune strengthening.
- When infections or parasites have been found, these are treated with herbal formulas and, in difficult cases, antibiotics.
- For toxic bowel syndrome and digestive tract disorders, herbal laxatives and high fiber foods such as psyllium seeds may be given to cleanse the digestive tract and promote elimination.
- Colonics are used to cleanse the lower intestines. Digestive enzymes are prescribed to improve digestion, and acidophilus and other friendly bacteria are reintroduced into the system with nutritional supplements.
Fasting is another major therapy in detoxification. Fasting is one of the quickest ways to promote the elimination of stored toxins in the body and to prompt the healing process. People with severe toxic conditions are supervised closely during fasting because the number of toxins in the body temporarily increases as they are being released.
Chelation therapy is used by detoxification specialists to rid the body of heavy metals. Chelates are particular substances that bind to heavy metals and speed their elimination. Homeopathic remedies have also been shown to be effective for removing heavy metals.
Sweating therapies can also detoxify the body because the skin is a major organ of elimination. Sweating helps release those toxins that are stored in the subcutaneous (under the skin) fat cells. Saunas, therapeutic baths, and exercise are some of these treatments. Body therapies may also be prescribed, including massage therapy, acupressure, shiatsu, manual lymph drainage, and polarity therapy. These body therapies seek to improve circulatory and structural problems, reduce stress, and stimulate healing responses in the body. Mind and body therapies such as psychotherapy, counseling, and stress management techniques may be used to heal the psychological components of illness and to help patients overcome their negative patterns contributing to illness.
The costs of detoxification therapies can vary widely, depending on the number of tests and treatments required. Detoxification treatments can be lengthy and involving since illnesses associated with toxic conditions usually develop over many years and may not clear up quickly. Detoxification treatments may be lengthy because they often go all-out for the holistic healing of the body, mind, and emotions.
Experts may be conventionally trained medical doctors with specialties in environmental medicine or interests in alternative treatment. The majority of detoxification therapists are alternative practitioners, such as naturopaths, homeopaths, ayurvedic doctors, or traditional Chinese doctors. However the insurance coverage varies, depending on the practitioner and the treatment involved. It is important that the intended consumers review their individual insurance policies regarding treatment coverage.
For quick diagnosis and treatment the experts may relay on the patients history and therefore it is important for patients to write down by way of keeping their detailed diaries of all their activities, symptoms, and contact with environmental factors that may be affecting their health. Reducing exposure to environmental toxins and making immediate dietary and lifestyle changes may speed the detoxification process.
During the detoxification process, patients may experience side effects of fatigue, malaise, aches and pains, emotional duress, acne, headaches, allergies, and symptoms of colds and flu. Detoxification specialists claim that these negative side effects are part of the healing process. These reactions are sometimes called healing crises, which are caused by temporarily increased levels of toxins in the body due to elimination and cleansing.
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