By CNY Healing Arts Published on

Detoxification—it’s a word that’s used a lot these days, but what does it really mean? To detoxify the body means to rid it of harmful toxins and unwanted substances. Toxins enter the body through air, water, food, and even through certain medications.

There are three main routes to detoxifying the body and these are through the digestive, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. Yoga, massage, and acupuncture are all excellent ways to assist in removing the build-up of toxins that are in the body.

During yoga, the stretching and poses help the removal of wastes such as lactic acid, carbon dioxide, and lymphatic fluids, and also helps to aid in digestion. Too much lactic acid in the body around the joints can create stiffness and the pain. An excess amount of carbon dioxide inhibits the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to vital organs such as the heart and the brain causing fatigue and poor concentration. Breathing techniques that are incorporated into yoga help to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide.  The vigorous movement during a yoga class helps with the lymphatic glands, such as the thyroid, and can help to prevent a build-up of lymphatic fluids which causes swelling in the body.

Massage and acupuncture can also aid in the removal of lactic acid in the muscles, and assists the immune system by relaxing the body and lowering stress levels. Acupuncture increases the blood circulation and also has a natural diuretic effect which aids in the removal of unwanted substances. The idea behind acupuncture is that the “qi” or ‘force or energy’ circulates throughout the body via the meridians. Meridians are like channels or pathways. Qi protects the body much like the immune system and helps to keeps pathogens and toxins out.

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