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Is detoxification possible through alternative medicine and herbal treatments?

Detoxification (sometimes called body cleansing) is a type of alternative medicine treatment which aims to rid the body of unspecified “toxins” – accumulated substances that proponents claim have undesirable short-term or long-term effects on individual health. Activities commonly associated with detoxification include dieting, fasting, consuming exclusively or avoiding specific foods (such as fats, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, juices, herbs, or water), colon cleansing, chelation therapy, and the removal of dental fillings.

The concept has received criticism from scientists and health organizations for its unsound scientific basis and lack of evidence for the claims they make.The “toxins” usually remain undefined, with little to no evidence of toxic accumulation in the patient. The British organisation Sense About Science has described some detox diets and commercial products as “a waste of time and money”,while the British Dietetic Association called the idea “nonsense” and a “marketing myth”