Medical Doctor's opinion of detoxification
(detoxification) is a term that's came into popular use in
the last decade or so but only within the realm of alternative
or holistic Western medicine.
mainstream (allopathic) medical practitioners have yet to latch
this concept, since they're only trained to treat diseases
and symptoms specifically without treating the patient
as a whole.
the concepts associated with detox have been recognized and practized
in traditional Chinese (and
other Asian, e.g. Indian Ayurvedic medicine) society for
at least 3,000 years.
detox is about:
1) Recognizing that the body is exposed to toxins in the
environment through the food we ingest and the air we breathe;
Adopting a systematic approach to help the body cleanse itself
of these toxins and avoid further exposure to toxins.
methods include dietary changes, fasting, supplements, exercise,
yoga/meditation, improving the environment
hairsprays, for example), New Age methods include aromatherapy,
salt bath, skin brushing, etc.
I believe in detox? Well, most of it is plain simple commonsense
- proper diet, judicious supplementation,
exercise, stress-relieving techniques.
always believe that if the person's energy fields are harmonized
balanced (yin & yang), then his health will generally
be good. I also believe that physical health follows
mental and psychical
health. So I'm a believer in the holistic (Western
or Eastern) approach to health.
I draw the line at certain things. Colonic cleansing to me is
unacceptable and downright dangerous - people
have died from colon perforation, water intoxication,
The human intestines are self-cleansing - there's
absolutely no need to do anything else except eat a healthy,
diet. Of course certain herbs and supplements may
help someone with intestinal problems like dyspepsia, indigestion,
and irritable bowel syndrome.
for treatments like sauna, foot baths, aromatherapy, etc, I feel
the effects are psychological more
than physiological. If you feel good after a good long
soak in the bath,
then you'll probably be more relaxed, less stressed
sleep, and generally have better health. So no
and spa treatments basically also do the same
thing. Spirit, mind & body must be in alignment
for total well-being, a concept that's only recently
recognised in the West, but
has been acknowledged in India and China for millennia.
This article is contributed by Leong Y.H., M.D. Dr Leong
is a western trained medical doctor with a keen interest in
Oriental medical methods. You may republish this article provided
you give credit to the author and a link back to this website.