For thousands of years the Chinese have practiced numerous detoxification methods designed to expel toxins and bring balance back to the body. If you are interested in detoxifying your body, consider drinking Chinese detox tea, going in for cupping or meridian taper treatment, or wearing detox foot pads.
Chinese Detox Tea
The Chinese use herbs to clean the liver, kidneys, lungs and blood. Drinking detox tea regularly will help you feel calmer and give you increased energy and clearer skin. The teas contain numerous potent herbs such as red clover, honeysuckle flower, dandelion root and ginger root. Combined, these herbs promote the flushing of toxins absorbed by your body through the environment, smoke, alcohol, caffeine and more.
Cupping, a generally painless detox technique the Chinese have practiced for millennia, has spread to the rest of the world in recent years. Similar to acupuncture, cupping stimulates blood circulation and treats colds, infections and muscle and joint pain. The practitioner will place cups made out of strong glass directly on your skin to create suction. Pumps will increase the suction, and your skin inside the cup will rise. The suction and pressure free up blockages and let your energy flow.
Chinese holds that the body contains hundreds of meridians, or energy centers. The meridian tapper process clears your meridian paths and removes waste from deep in your muscles. The practitioner uses a special meridian tapper to clear the path, and elevated bruises will appear where your blood had previously stagnated. If your body is in balance, the tapper will not produce purple welts.
Foot Detox Pads
Scraping is another Chinese detox process aimed at improving circulation and energy flow in your body. Before beginning the treatment, dab your skin with oil. The practitioner will scrape the parts of your body needing stimulation to improve what ails you. Commonly scraped areas include the back, chest, arms, shoulder blades and legs. Tiny red or purple dots that look like rashes will appear on the scraped area. Despite the appearance to the contrary, the process is also relatively painless; the dots indicate stagnate blood filled with toxins. After the procedure, you should feel better blood circulation and as well as relief from headaches and sinus pain, among others.
Your body has 360 acupuncture points---many of which are found in the soles of the feet---where toxins can escape. Chinese foot reflexology maintains that these points connect to corresponding parts in rest of the body. Place Chinese foot detox plasters on your feet overnight; the pads draw the toxins out through the acupuncture points while you sleep. The pads will appear darker in the morning, reflective of the toxins they have drawn out. With increased use, the pads should show progressively lighter staining.