Natalie Ramsey, MS LAc
Rawls Whittlesey, L. Ac.
From a Western medicine perspective of what "detoxification" of an organ could mean, no. The liver is in fact the organ that does a vast majority of detoxification for the human body. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, acupuncture is used to support the liver in achieving balance in order to fulfill its role in detoxifying the body. TCM's goal is to move "chi" in a way that allows the body to be well. Blockage of "chi" in TCM causes illness. You might consider this a kind of "detox" if you think of acupuncture's effect in unblocking "chi" allowing wellness to flow.
Acupuncture can detox the liver. Talk to your acupuncturist.
I see someone on TV must be talking about detoxing the liver lately due to the questions I am getting lately in various platforms. In brief, yes, acupuncture can detox your liver, by way of increasing blood flow within the liver. Little understood secrets that are very important for the long term: eating broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts also detox your liver by increasing
the actual phase one detoxification cycle (as it is actually called in physiological terms) and helping overall liver health, as well as providing proven anti-cancer compounds, fiber, vitamins and nutrients. These foods can be eaten daily, preferably cooked.
Usually in natural health circles detoxifying the liver is the last or second to last detoxifying when doing "detoxing." First, we start with the intestines. Then the kidneys. Maybe then the Liver.... and lastly, the blood.
That being said, the best way to "detox" is to stop putting toxins in the system. Since zero toxic exposure is likely impossible in this day and age, it is more about minimizing exposure to toxins. This is the first place to start and easy enough on your own. Get a good water filter. Stop eating processed foods. Eat minimal amounts of meat (3-6 oz daily) of only organic fed and pasture raised or grass fed animal products. Learn about the "Dirty Dozen" foods found to be contaminated with pesticides/herbicides. Stop eating seafood unless organically farm raised. Never eat wheat unless it is organic. Same with soy and corn products.
As for detoxifying the body... sweating, especially infrared sauna therapy, is a great way to detox (you should consult a physician to ensure this is safe for you first)... though you should always rinse off afterwards so your skin does not reabsorb toxins. Fresh organic juice fasting for short periods (to start) of 3 days is another good way to help your body. I recommend getting a masticating juicer, if you don't have one.
Fasting (for 3 days) and sauna therapy are relatively safe processes, but there are always exceptions. And you should consult a doctor before embarking on this to ensure they are safe for you by obtaining a health care professional's advice and personal evaluation of your unique condition.