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Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

Internal detoxicants liquefies and move stagnation, dissolve & break up deposits, and dislodge masses. Typically these are lymphatic, blood or liver decongestants. They systemically reduce lumps and/or swelling. Detoxicants transform or alter fluids to a more healthy state (the original use of the word alterative). Detoxicants have one or more of the following actions:

  • Blood thinning
  • Hypolipidemic / Cholagogues - These liquefy the blood by removing fats from it
  • Antilithic solvents - Break up hardened deposits. They are often salty, mineral rich, or contain organic acids.
  • Detumescent / antitumor - Combines detoxicant actions to check benign & malignant neoplasms systemically. Echinaceam Chaparral, Cleavers, Red Clover, Violet, Poke root, Mistletoe, Celandine, Garlic, Yellow dock, Thuja, Pau-d'arco (source: Holmes)

Types of Internal Toxicosis

  • Stagnation - Pair with blood thinners, hypolipidemics, vasodilators, cardiac stimulants.
  • Infection - Pair with antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and herbs that lower blood sugar
  • Dysbiosis - Pair with laxatives and probiotics for toxicity due to dysbiosis.
  • Metabolic toxicosis - When the liver and kidney are unable to process metabolic by products, pair detoxicants with hepatoprotectives and diuretics
  • Stony Deposits - When toxicosis and stagnation have led to kidney or gallstones, use antilithic dissolvents.
  • Arthritis - Combine blood thinners and arterial stimulants with anti-inflammatories and analgesics.
See also herbs that stimulate metabolism (pacana), those that stimulate detox organs (liver, kidney, and lungs), and those that encourage elimination (diuretic, diaphoretic, laxative, expectorant, emmenagogue).


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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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