What is detoxification
When faced with a health condition or disease, we essentially have two choices – treatment of symptoms or detoxification.
The first choice is allopathic (pharmaceutical medicine) which is the most common medical approach. With this, there are three options: chemical medicines, radiation or surgery. All of these treatments have some degree of harmful side effects. With allopathic medicine, you always hear about potential cures of diseases but it is not common to see it happen. The reason being is that these forms of treatment are not designed to remove the root cause of the problem (which is clearing out the acid or congestion that cause the inflammation and breakdown of tissue in the body) but rather to “suppress” or “manage” the symptoms.
The second choice is natural (traditional) medicine, which uses products from natural sources or herbs to treat the symptoms. Much of naturopathic and homeopathic medicine these days has become a treatment based modality as well – managing and treating the symptoms using more natural versus chemical medicines.
However, there is a branch of naturopathy which is detoxification – a less known approach that has been used for hundreds of years by millions of people worldwide and actually something that is happening all the time in our body without us even knowing it.
Detoxification is one of the big keys to having long-lasting health and vitality. It is not a system of treatment or a way to remove symptoms. It is a system that addresses the deeper root cause of the disease (and the symptoms go away by themselves in the process). It goes on the premise that the body is the healer and we are only facilitating or giving it the ability to heal itself and putting it in the optimal state or letting it use the optimal tools to clean itself out at the source of the problem.
Detoxification begins first with putting the body back in an alkaline state where it isn’t in survival mode trying to compensate for over-acidity. We do this first and foremost by feeding it an alkaline diet and the best possible things are fruits and vegetables (preferably raw). Second, we work with herbs / botanicals that clean, tone, strengthen and regenerate the elimination system of the body and any other compromised systems. Herbs are a gift from mother nature and have been used for thousands of years for healing. With very few exceptions, they are safe, non-toxic, tissue specific, highly nutritious (since they aren’t hybrid), and extremely effective. Furthermore, there are few conflicts between herbs and any other chemical medications.
Next we’ll look at the healing crisis.
The Healing Crisis
One thing that a person can expect during detoxification is the healing crisis. Many people, including healthcare practitioners do not understand this process as they should.
The body is always trying to keep itself clean and strong by means of detoxification. This is done through sweating caused by fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, frequent urination, colds, flu, and by simple daily elimination. The more toxic a person becomes, the stronger the cleaning will be. Take the condition of bronchitis for example. If the first time you had symptoms of bronchitis you went to your doctor and she or he gave you antibiotics, or a very high dose of vitamin C, the symptoms of bronchitis would stop. These remedies did not remove the inflammation and congestion, they merely stopped the elimination process or symptoms. Results like these give the illusion that the condition was cured. However, maybe the next time your body tries to clean itself out, it could have symptoms of pneumonia. The reason for this is that bronchitis and pneumonia are not diseases but are merely inflammatory or congestive conditions that the body is trying to eliminate. Your symptoms become deeper and worse when you suppress them.
The same thing happens with foods. No one told you about what foods caused congestion. So you continued eating foods that caused increasing amounts of mucus and congestion. After a certain point, the body reaches a point where it has to clean this congestion, and this causes an even deeper level of cleansing.
If you stop the body from elimination, eventually your lymph nodes will swell and then even tumors can form from holding these toxins and mucus too long.
Most people will experience only mild cleansing effects during a detox. These are normal effects and actually a sign that the detoxification process is working well.