It is important to keep in mind that “fast elimination is not necessarily the best elimination”. Excessive toxins forced through a weak and underactive organ can result in overload and unnecessary crisis. If you stir up toxins faster than they can be shed then you may feel tired or unwell. Side effects like headaches, raised glands and nausea can reflect a toxin overload. Always drink plenty of water to make sure the job of shedding toxins is made easier.
A critical rule to observe when detoxing is as we said earlier:
“CLEANSE A LITTLE, BUILD A LITTLE,
CLEANSE A LITTLE AND BUILD A LITTLE”.
The body’s systems all have their own capacity, their own delicacy. A car engine doesn’t run on jet fuel. In a classic system, W. H. Cook described four groups and their relation to the foods and herbs relating to them:
- Slow organs (e.g. liver) require slow remedies.
- Rapid action organs (e.g. kidneys) require active remedies.
- Sudden conditions require prompt and strong herbal remedies.
- Slowly appearing conditions require slow steady herbs.
From The Textbook of Modern Herbology by Terry Willard