Homeopathy: How it can Help Detoxify the Liver
We live in a toxic world. On a daily basis, we are in constant contact with a numerous amount of toxins, be it in our environment, in the air that we breathe, the products that we use, the food that we eat or the water that we drink. In addition to these exogenous toxins, our body makes its own waste products and endogenous toxins that it has to deal with as well.
In a 2005 study carried out by the Environmental Working Group, umbilical cord blood from 10 newborns were tested and found to contain an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants. You can imagine how many of these toxins we have accumulated in our body as adults!
Our organs of elimination, primarily our liver and kidneys, certainly have the capability of eliminating wastes and toxins, but with the increasing load of toxicity in our environment, this function can sometimes be inhibited or slowed down. When our overloaded body cannot get rid of these toxins, it deposits them in our cells, joints, nerves, tissues and organs, leading to a myriad of ailments in our body such as hormonal disruptions, joint pains, fatigue, or other chronic conditions.
The liver is one of the major organs and has over 50 functions in the body. Some of its major functions are detoxification, lipid metabolism, digestion of fats, storage of sugar, metabolism of several hormones, and synthesis of proteins and cells of the immune system and the blood.
One of its main functions is to process and eliminate waste and toxins from internal and external sources by a 2-step process, termed phase I and phase II detoxification. During these phases, the liver works to transform waste products and toxins to a water-soluble form so they can be excreted via the urine or bile.
The intermediate metabolites that are formed after phase I are highly toxic for the body so it is imperative for both these phases to occur smoothly and effectively. For example, if phase I is more active than phase II, there will be a build up of the intermediate toxic metabolites and this can lead to people developing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) or other forms of disease and tissue damage.
So how would an overworked/dysfunctional liver manifest itself as physical symptoms?
As mentioned earlier, the liver plays a role in a lot of the functions in our body. When it is functioning sub-optimally or is overwhelmed, we can see this manifest as some of the following symptoms: hormonal imbalances, blood sugar dysregulation, abnormal metabolism of fats leading to fatty liver or high cholesterol, skin rashes, allergies, immune disorders such as auto-immune or weakened immune functioning, chronic fatigue, mood changes and brain fog.
The use of complex homeopathic: A modality that helps the body to eliminate toxins.
Imagine the body to be like a bucket: everyday you fill this bucket with air, food, water, emotions, stress, and other products. There are pipes attached to this bucket to sort out the items that come in and excrete what is not needed, similar to our organs of elimination such as the liver, kidneys, digestive system, lungs, etc. If these pipes are overloaded, there is going to be a buildup of waste products and some pipes will clog. In other words, the ability of our body to ‘drain’ waste products and toxins decreases.
Complex homeopathic work to ‘drain’ these blocked organs and strengthen them so they can start functioning optimally. Complex homeopathic are a combination of plant and mineral extracts diluted in low potencies and each combination has an affinity for certain organs.
A combination remedy for the liver for example would work to strengthen and stimulate the functioning of the liver to better deal with metabolism and detoxification. Detoxification and draining using complex homeopathics is done in a very gentle way without overexerting the body.
The goal of using homeopathics is to stimulate and regulate the body’s own ability to function and eliminate what it needs to. They therefore work to stimulate this self-healing capability of our body. This concept, termed as ‘homotoxicology’, was developed by a German physician named Dr. Hans Heinrich Reckeweg.
Most of the diseases that we see are usually the result of toxin buildup, either from exogenous or endogenous sources.
Dr. Reckeweg postulated that a disease is merely a manifestation of our body’s attempt to cope with this toxic overload. To assist the body’s innate healing ability, we must use a gentle therapeutic intervention that does not stress an already taxed body. By doing an aggressive detoxification program, we often see some people feeling worse than before.
A way to support your body and detoxify it is to first support the organs of elimination to function better: Strengthening weak organs and assisting in their drainage using gentle therapies such as homeopathy.
Once we have achieved that, we can then work to correct for nutrient imbalances and provide the body with what it needs. It is also imperative to maintain healthy diet and lifestyle habits to further nurture your body’s innate healing ability. Keep in mind that doing too much at once or too aggressively can do more harm for the body - do make sure to consult your alternative health care professional on how to detoxify the right way.
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