What is detoxification?

  • (noun): A treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol intended to remove the physiological effects of the addictive substances.
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Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, the human body and additionally can refer to the period of withdrawal during which an organism returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance. In medicine, detoxification can be achieved by decontamination of poison ingestion and the use of antidotes as well as techniques such as dialysis and (in a limited number of cases) chelation therapy.

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Detoxification (alternative Medicine)
... Detoxification is an alternative medicine approach that proponents claim rids the body of "toxins", accumulated harmful substances that are alleged to exert undesirable effects on individual ... Detoxification usually includes one or more of dieting, fasting, consuming exclusively or avoiding specific foods (such as fats, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, juices, herbs, or water ... Detoxification as described in this article should not be confused with detoxification as practiced in drug rehabilitation ...
Alcohol Detoxification
... Alcohol detoxification, or detox, for individuals with alcohol dependence, is the abrupt cessation of alcohol intake coupled with substitution of cross-tolerant drugs that have ... As such, the term "detoxification" is somewhat of a misnomer since the process does not in any way involve the removal of toxic substances from the body ... Detoxification may or may not be necessary depending upon an individual's age, medical status, and history of alcohol intake ...
Yogic Viewpoint - Benefits of Chhath Process
... The Chhath process results in detoxification This has a great detoxification effect on the body and the mind as mental moods can result in biochemical changes ... Now comes the physical detoxification ... The fasting paves the way for detoxification at a material level ...
Heavy Metal Detox (HMD)
... Heavy metal detox, or detoxification, is the removal of metallic toxic substances from the body ... In conventional medicine, detoxification can also be achieved artificially by techniques such as dialysis and (in a very limited number of cases) chelation therapy ... There is a firm scientific base in evidence-based medicine for this type of detoxification ...
Types of Detoxification - Alternative Medicine
... Therapies include contrast showers, detoxification foot pads, oil pulling, Gerson therapy, snake-stones, body cleansing, Scientology's Purification Rundown, water fasting, and metabolic therapy ...

More definitions of "detoxification":

  • (noun): Treatment for poisoning by neutralizing the toxic properties (normally a function of the liver).