Detoxification is one of the more widely used treatments and concepts in alternative medicine. It is based on the principle that illnesses can be caused by the accumulation of toxic substances (toxins) in the body. Eliminating existing toxins and avoiding new toxins are essential parts of the healing process. Detoxification utilizes a variety of tests and techniques.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Detoxification therapists use a variety of healing techniques after a diagnosis is made. Practitioners may be conventionally trained medical doctors with specialties in environmental medicine or interests in alternative treatment. The costs of detoxification therapies can vary widely, depending on the number of tests and treatments required.
Detoxification can be used as a beneficial preventative measure and as a tool to increase overall health, vitality, and resistance to disease.
During the detoxification process, patients may experience side effects of fatigue, malaise, aches and pains, emotional duress, acne, headaches, allergies, and symptoms of colds and flu. Detoxification specialists claim that these negative side effects are part of the healing process. These reactions are sometimes called healing crises, which are caused by temporarily increased levels of toxins in the body due to elimination and cleansing. Consumers should review their individual insurance policies regarding treatment coverage.