Dextoxification + Purification


The New Year is just around the corner and the topic of conversation at many holiday parties will be "DETOX".   Don't let this word scare you!  Detoxing and purification if done correctly can be a pleasant experience and worth your while.  It will enable you to kick start your body into achieving your goals for 2018.  

We here at Jesse Jory Acupuncture + Functional Medicine are facilitating another integrated Yoga and Acupuncture experience aimed at purification and detoxification of the body and the organs which are involved in the process.  

There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a detox is and how to safely engage in a program.   I like to explain how I understand detoxification to my patients so they can feel good about it.

Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or eliminate unwanted toxins. It is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all the other complicated functions of the body. When I am explaining detoxification, I stress that it is about improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems. This is where the integration of both Yoga and Acupuncture can be helpful.  In addition, by eating a specialized diet and supplements we can decrease the amount of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time support our body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly.

Culturally we are constantly aware of our external cleanliness. We sanitize our hands, brush our teeth daily, bathe and shower daily and we like to look and smell clean because it makes us look and feel good. Similarly, I view detoxification as an internal cleansing. 

Lethargy, acne, weight gain, cloudy mind, bloating and trouble sleeping are just some signs that the body maybe in need of a purification or detoxification.  Unlike other parts of our body it is very hard to know how efficiently our liver or other organs maybe working.   The liver is the main detoxification organ. Apart from synthesizing and secreting bile, the liver acts as a filter for toxins and bacteria in the blood and chemically neutralizes toxins, converting them into substances that can be eliminated by the kidneys.

Detoxification is a key component of our body’s healthy functioning. Many of the cells and molecules made by our bodies on an daily basis, are intended to eliminate waste products. We need our bodies cells, enzymes and essential vitamins to help rid the body of unwanted waste products and chemicals. Our organ systems are recruited to manufacture these molecules and cells to help take the good from what we ingest and eliminate the unwanted. The majority of the work is done by the liver and the intestinal tract; however,  the kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and skin are also involved in this complex detoxification system.  

A detoxification + purification program can help the body's natural cleansing process by:

Stimulating and supporting the liver and other organs to drive toxins from the body.  It is also useful to promote elimination through the intestines, kidneys, and skin.   Most importantly we need to refuel the body with healthy nutrients.

The purpose our specific detoxification program is primarily to support these organs of elimination so that toxins present in the body can be metabolized and excreted. The acupuncture prescriptions we choose for the detoxification are designed to support these organs so they can do their specific job more efficiently.  We hope you will join us for our community based program YogaPoke or schedule a private in office visit at http://www.jessejoryacupuncture.comJesse Jory Acupuncture is located at 2526 Hyperion Ave Suite 3 Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We will be hosting another YogaPoke event on January 14th located at the Studio A Dance studio and more detail can be found at www.

January's  theme is Detox/purification and will focus on Flow Yoga with a 30 min acupuncture savasana.  In addition you can sign up to purchase a 10 day Metagenics metabolic detox kit.  This kit can be purchased online at

Cori Zuckerman