Herbs & Detox: Myths and Facts

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

In a world of endless supplements, herbal solutions, diet fads for detox -- not everything is meant for everybody.


What does it mean to "Detox"? The process of reducing the body's toxic load is the core concept. By not only lessening the exposure to chemicals that can be harmful such as environmental, food additives, pesticides, etc. we can simultaneously apply nutrition and lifestyle strategies to promote the efficient elimination of toxins from the body.


Why Detox?
  • Decrease Inflammation

  • Decrease the Aging Process

  • Balance Hormones

  • Improve Immune System

  • Improve Gut Health

  • Improve Cognitive Function


Herbs Can Help Get to the Root of Your Health Problem: FACT

A lot of times the root of our health problems are covered up by peripheral issues like anxiety, depression, or body aches. These can be secondary symptoms that show up. Once the root of the issue is addressed these symptoms can clear up. Herbs can address symptoms on the surface as well as the root issue. Root issues can be ailments such as anemia, thyroid or hormonal imbalances. Most of the time this is a reflection of the integrity of the gut. Once the root is resolved the peripheral issues can melt away.


All Herbs are Safe to Take: MYTH

Not all herbs are good for all people. Depending on your pattern and constitution, different herbs can bring your body balance. We often follow health trends like coconut oil, aloe juice, or turmeric supplements. Sometimes these things can be good for our patterns but other times, they can actually bring our body into more imbalance. Be sure a board-certified herbalist and Acupuncturist is prescribing you herbs! Check in with your body after taking herbs and acknowledge what you feel when you take them. Some people notices changes immediately with herbs, and others people it may take a few doses to feel the changes.


Herbs Can Also Be Food: FACT

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs and food can both be medicine. Many herbs are added and included in food therapy. A great book we recommend that explores this idea is Ancient Wisdom Modern Kitchen. Nutritional guidance is a cornerstone for healing in both Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda (East Indian) Medicine.


All Herbs are Created Equal: MYTH

Consuming high quality herbs is one of the most important aspects of taking herbs. Most herbs purchased in a grocery store or with companies that have not done third-party testing, tend to have fillers which decrease the efficacy of the herbs. Checking for GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) label is a great way to be sure you are getting quality herbs.


Immunity Challenge

If you have been taking herbs or supplements for your immunity, double check their quality, source, and recommendations. If you have questions about a supplement or herb, leave your questions below. #immunitychallenge #herbmythsandfacts #chineseherbalmedicine


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