Acupuncture was developed in a very different world to ours. Our pattern of disease is therefore often quite different to that seen in ancient China. At that time, much diseases were often caused by a simple lack of basic food and by chronic overwork. In our society, by contrast, disease is often caused by an excess of toxicity, lack of nutrients and stress, lack of goals and purpose in life. This is one reason why at DNC we combine Naturopathy and Acupuncture.
In my experience, modern diseases benefit hugely from an approach which includes a method of detoxification, nourish and balancing the nervous system. So what are these toxins? They can include internally generated toxins, such as urea, or waste products of bacteria or yeasts. They can also include external toxins, such as drugs (illegal or prescription), alcohol, caffeine, food preservatives, pesticides, cosmetics, environmental pollutants and heavy metals. The Naturopathic approach focuses on clearing toxins from the body, using the body’s own organs of detoxification (The Top Ten Priorities for Detoxification) These organs include the lymphatic system, the skin, the kidneys, the lungs, the colon and the liver. By getting these organs to work more effectively, the body will release toxins and return to health.