Western medicine does not really
have a concept of tonification; however, tonification is at the
heart of nearly all Eastern systems of medicine: Ayurveda, traditional
Chinese medicine, and Tibetan medicine. Whereas detoxification
removes unwanted substances from the body, both toxic and excess,
tonification involves augmentation, supplementation, and fortification. All
tonification measures are closely related to parallel concepts
of regeneration, rejuvenation, and longevity.
See also the material on kitchendoctor.com
where I introduce a concept of a Mid-Life
Tune Up in which persons go through each system of the body
periodically to remove congestion and toxicity and then follow
this with efforts to regenerate and rejuvenate.
Since there really is no "immune
system" in the body that is comparable to a skeletal system
or digestive system, we should probably look at immunity more dynamically
and regard what we call immunity as a series of functions that
protect the body from damage due to alien organisms, free radicals,
toxins, and abnormal developments within the body such as overproduction
of substances or tissues. Immunity can be regarded as a sort
of dual operation in which protection is the first line of defense
and attack of the invaders and other undesirable cells comes when
the defenses fail.
The liver is perhaps the hardest
working organ of the body. It has hundreds of tasks to perform,
including detoxification of the blood and removal of excess hormones. It
is also a reservoir for sugar and fat and is usually congested
with surfeit, so much so that average people, so-called healthy
people, often use more than 60% of their livers just for storage. A
sluggish liver means fatigue and toxemia and a high risk of various
chronic diseases. The
signs of a clogged liver might include indecisiveness, difficulty
seeing the future and planning ahead, more focus on the past than
the present or future, and apathy.
Regeneration of the blood can occur
relatively quickly compared to wasting conditions such as cachexia
or atrophy of muscles or demineralization of bones. However,
providing the right organic nutrients is the first step in the
process of regenerating tissues that are deficient or worn out.
In the East, rejuvenative of longevity
therapies have an ancient tradition. There are tonics for increasing
stamina and for regenerating tissues that are worn out. There are
also simple supplementation possibilities for those who are deficient
in one or more nutrients.
It is generally understood that cancer
cells do not have normal cellular respiration. In simple terms,
this means that they derive their energy through fermentation,
break down of tissue, rather than oxygen. In the absence of oxygen,
cells weaken or die, or they may mutate into something more primitive
that can survive without normal oxygen.