Detoxification therapy combines a variety of techniques that are designed to assist the body in removing the buildup of potentially harmful chemicals and toxins. Detoxification is a remedy that is practiced by many chiropractors, osteopaths, nutritionists, and holistically trained Medical Doctors.

The purpose of the therapy is to improve the body's overall well-being through internal cleansing and purification. Diet and lifestyle changes--such as giving up caffeine and fast food, eliminating sugar, processed foods, and quitting smoking--are considered key to the treatment. In addition, other techniques, such as hydrotherapy, colon therapy, chelation (key-lay-shun) therapy, or even a supervised fast, are often suggested as part of detoxification.

Practitioners who use detoxification therapy believe that each person has a unique but ultimately limited level of tolerance for the "toxins" that are the by-products of industrialized society--whether it's smog, pesticides, heavy metals, or the additives and preservatives found in many processed foods. When that tolerance level is exceeded, the body's natural waste removal process--centered in the skin, liver, kidneys, and large intestine--becomes overtaxed and incapable of functioning adequately. Signs that the body's natural detox system may be overloaded, proponents of the therapy suggest, include fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, unhealthy looking skin, joint and muscle aches, depression, and increased susceptibility to allergies and minor infections.

The concept of dextoxification is not a new idea. For centuries, different cultures have promoted dietary restrictions for therapeutic and religious purposes. Detoxifying spa treatments under medical supervision have long been offered in Europe. Even so, most conventional doctors in the United States are not familiar with detoxification, and many of those remain skeptical about its use, in part because of the lack of supporting scientific data.

Nevertheless, advocates contend that when the various detoxification therapies are used properly the benefits can include a strengthened immune system, enhanced mental clarity, increased vitality, and reduced blood fats and blood pressure levels. In addition, patients with a variety of chronic illnesses including arthritis, digestive problems, and heart and lung disease, often report feeling significantly better after completing detoxification.

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