Does Detox Actually Work? An Eastern Medicine Perspective.

Updated: Aug 3, 2021

Should you believe a Nutritionist, or a Naturopathic professional or a pro-western medicine medical doctor?

Who should you believe? Western medicine, or Eastern medicine? Eastern and Western approaches to medicine are very different! Western medicine clearly divides general health from the disease; focusing upon diagnosing and treating a patients symptoms but Eastern medicine defines health as a balance or imbalance of the patients Chi or energy. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses complex patterns of disharmony or imbalance within the body to determine a diagnosis usually as it relates to the whole person.

“Oriental medicine (i.e. Eastern Medicine) practitioners use natural forms of treatment that typically include herbs, acupuncture, nutrition, mind/body exercise (e.g., tai chi, yoga), or massage, whereas Western medicine practitioners often recommend pharmaceuticals, physical therapy, surgery, or psychological counseling, etc..”

Dr. Zhanxiang Wang- professor of Clinical Sciences at National University of Health Sciences.

Body Detoxification is a very popular these days. With any popular new thing comes a lot of misinformation. Never mind the fact that you have decide a body cleanse is actually something you want to do, you also should know that detox (when done correctly) it is associated with Naturopathy. Naturopathy has it's roots in Eastern Medicine. I believe it is very important to understand that starting a real detox body cleanse is more than drinking a fruity, sugar filled smoothie for two weeks in a row. A real detox is the actual removal of toxic substances from the body. A real detox program should include the following:

  • Dietary changes and removing allergenic foods from your home

  • Adding Liver-healthy foods like garlic, grapefruit, blueberries, cranberries and cruciferous veggies

  • Taking supplements that are good for the gut and liver Like Liver MD

  • A consistent cardiovascular work out or walk for at least 20 minutes, but 45 minutes to an hour is best.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and body detox

Chinese medicine views the body as a microcosm of the universe and nature. To the Chinese practitioner, your body is either in Balance or out of Balance with nature. A body in Balance produces positive energy, a body out of balance produces negative energy. Negative energy affects cells, which in turn affect organs, which effects the systems of the body at large. Sedimentary bodies result in sedimentary cells. So get up and move! Yoga, walking, Tai-Chi, light weight lifting, are all effective ways to produce energy in the cells and eventually assist in loosing weight. Eat less, eat better, move more. That is really what it all comes down to.

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