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Natural Therapies to Enhance Rejuvenation & Detoxification

A Spotlight on National Integrated Health Associates

by Loreen Wasilko
Your present state of health is the result of many years of exposure to chemicals and toxins and decisions about what you have chosen to take into your body, mind and spirit. As a result, you may benefit from therapies or a systematic program to ensure gentle detoxification, rejuvenation, and reversal of many years of exposure to chemicals, toxins, pollutants, prescription drugs, and food additives and preservatives.

Integrative medicine recognizes detoxification as the first important step in restoring the body to a natural, balanced and healthy state. National Integrated Health Associates has devoted an entire area to detoxification at their integrative medical and dental center. The Rejuvenation & Detoxification Center has several state-of-the-art detoxification therapies that can be used as to enhance your detoxification or internal cleansing.

The far infrared sauna uses infrared rays which penetrate deep, heating the muscular tissues and the internal organs and releasing toxins through the sweat glands and skin without burdening the liver and kidneys. Unlike traditional saunas, infrared radiation directly heats the occupant without heating the surrounding air. This can induce two to three times the sweat volume of a traditional sauna while operating at lower, more comfortable temperatures. The skin is the largest detox organ, and as the pores open, the skin sheds dead cells, leaving the skin glowing and clean. Infrared rays may help relieve pain, stiff joints, tension, fatigue and help control weight.

A very similar cleansing therapy to the infrared sauna is the oxygen steam cabinet. Steam rooms feel hotter because your sweat doesn't evaporate and carry away heat. If you have respiratory problems like sinus congestion or asthma, you might prefer the moist heat of a steam bath. Steam inhalation is very effective against bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies.

Classic colon hydrotherapy, or colonic, is a gentle, low-pressure internal cleansing of the large intestine. Colon cleansing is an ancient hydrotherapy, used as early as 1500 B.C., and by the Egyptians for the purpose of restoring healthy bowel function and removing excess waste. Colon hydrotherapy should be done under the guidance of a qualified therapist. It may provide relief from many health problems including constipation, bloating, asthma, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, acne, allergies, fibromyalgia and headaches.

The detox footbath is another cleansing therapy using water for a detoxifying effect. This state-of-the-art bio-energy charger uses a direct current to concentrate energy into the footbath water for an invigorating, detoxifying effect. The ionization works to naturally pull toxins out of the body through the pores of the feet. This therapy helps in restoring energy, increasing vitality and detoxification.

Reflexology is the application of firm pressure to areas on the reflex points on the feet, hands and/or ears that correspond to specific muscle groups or organs in the body. It is generally relaxing and can be an effective way to alleviate stress or pain, improve circulation and restore the body to a natural equilibrium.

Natural detoxifying therapies can easily be incorporated into your health routine. For guided detoxification, a custom treatment plan can be developed by a health coach or physician, using many of the state-of-the-art detoxification therapies.

Loreen Wasilko is on staff at National Integrated Health Associates, 5225 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Ste. 402, DC. For more information, visit

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