Herbs & Acupuncture for Detox
Chinese Medicine for Detox
Cautions About Detox
Detoxification is appropriate only when toxicity is confirmed and verified. Using these herbs for general cleansing, without symptomatic or other proof of toxicity is NOT recommended. Assumptions that we are toxic because we live in a toxic environment are generally incorrect. In modern Western countries such environmental poisonings are rare, despite the alarms about pollutants and the convictions of many alternative medicine practitioners.
You may be less toxic than you think. Many ailments attributed to toxicity by holistic practitioners have other causes, more easily perceived through the eyes of Traditional Chinese Medicine. When the body is harmonious, it cleans itself remarkably well. Purgation therapies, though they may improve symptoms initially, rarely solve long-term problems, because they do not address root causes. Even more dangerous is the fact that detox therapies are usually costly to the Qi, and that many complaints that motivate people to seek these therapies are actually caused by weak Qi.
When to Detoxify: Signs and Symptoms of Toxicity
- Hot painful sores, red swellings, hard nodules
- blotchiness or purpuric rash
- carbuncles, abscesses, boils, erysipelas, and other skin eruptions,
- fevers, swollen sore throat, tonsillitis, mumps and other infections and epidemic poisons
- cancers, jaundice
Note that fatigue, lethargy, loose stool, and weakness are signs of deficiency rather than toxicity. People with these symptoms are advised NOT to undergo most kinds of detoxification.