Drainage is the process of detoxifying the body by opening the emunctories and then discharging the toxic accumulations.
Dr. Dickson Thom, DDS, ND

In the context of Biotherapeutic DrainageTM, detoxification can be used as another word for drainage, referring to eliminating normal metabolic waste products and environmental toxins.

The word depuration means to cleanse or purify. It is the preferred term for the removal of xenobiotics from the body.

What is drainage?

Drainage is the process of detoxifying the body by opening the emunctories and then discharging the toxic accumulations. An emunctory is any tissue that is capable of allowing excretions to exit the body. When the natural excretory system is blocked or inadequate for normal metabolic catabolism, the patient will develop a condition, an illness, often an "itis."

Dr. Dickson Thom, DDS, ND

Homeopathic drainage uses low potencies of remedies that are complimentary to the Simillimum and are selected upon the local symptoms and signs, or medium potencies of complimentary remedies selected upon more general symptoms and signs, for the purpose of preparing the action of the Simillimum and preventing aggravations. [NB: for Zissu and other contemporary French homeopaths, a low potency is 3X, 5X, 3 to 5 CH, a medium potency 7 – 9 CH]

Draining before the Simillimum will optimize the function of the organs, draining after the Simillimum will complete the elimination and the cleansing.

Dr. Joe Rozencwajg, NMD, Organotherapy Drainage & Detoxification, Emryss Publishers, Netherlands, 2010.

What is detoxification?

Taber’s Medical Dictionary reflects the conventional meaning of detoxify:

  • To remove the toxic quality of a substance.
  • To treat a toxic overdose of any medicine, but esp. of the toxic state produced by drugs of abuse or acute alcoholism.

Detoxification is often used in natural medicine in a general way to mean the elimination of toxins. Commonly used methods of detoxification include:

  • Colonics, enemas
  • Olive oil and lemon Gall Bladder Flush
  • Colon cleanse with products including fiber, clay, activated charcoal, herbs, etc
  • Herbal kidney cleanse
  • Parasite purge
  • Castor Oil Pack
  • Fasts, juice fasts, Master Cleanse program
  • Steam or sauna
  • Foot baths or drawing patches

In the context of Biotherapeutic DrainageTM, detoxification can be used as another word for drainage, referring to eliminating normal metabolic waste products and environmental toxins.

The body has two inherent mechanisms to detoxify when it is healthy. Fever and inflammation are the natural ways for the body to optimize function in order to eliminate infections, immunizations, tumors, some medications, and other agents which cause inflammatory reactions.

When the body has lost the ability to detoxify, toxins accumulate and are deposited, resulting in compromised health and then lingering disease and degeneration. This is when medical detoxification measures are used to regain health, the most deep-acting being Biotherapeutic DrainageTM.

What is depuration?

The word depuration means to cleanse or purify. It is the preferred term for the removal of xenobiotics from the body.

A xenobiotic is a chemical compound such as a drug, pesticide, or carcinogen that is foreign to a living organism. This means that the human body does not produce them, nor are they part of a normal diet. The levels of xenobiotics are often measured in blood or in fat. This is to first identify them, then to monitor them as they are removed.

Examples of Xenobiotics

  • drugs such as antibiotics
  • heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium etc.)
  • pesticides (2,4,5,TD or Agent Orange, DDT etc.)
  • benzene, toluene, PCBs, phthalates, dioxin

Because they are foreign, the body has a limited ability to eliminate them on its own. Often the means used to remove the xenobiotics are harsh, exceeding the physiological limits of the body.

Frequently Used Methods of Depuration

  • IV chelation
  • Deep heat dry sauna
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Vitamin and Mineral replacement
  • Oral administration of xenobiotic binding substances

In the words of Dr. Gerard Gueniot

In a lecture in June 2007 in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Gueniot passionately explained the difference between drainage and detoxification, which in this case fits the definition of depuration above.

Drainage is a normal physiological action that favors the normal tendencies of the body to eliminate toxins non-aggressively and without forcing the natural capacities of elimination. There is also an action on the cellular level, organic level and on the level of the tissues of the body.

Physiological detoxification, or drainage, gets the body to do what it should do. Cells create toxins – cells eat, breath, pee, poop – and toxins go into the blood stream, and normally are routed to the organs of elimination for efficient removal.

Drainage accompanies the body’s physiology, following natural laws; it supports the physiology of the body. The organism has the capacity to manufacture and drain its toxins. In drainage, we stimulate the capacity of the organism to eliminate. Natural medicine has respect for physiology.

Detoxification is a non-physiological action which could be aggressive for the organism, because it cannot differentiate between the toxic and natural elements to eliminate and has no action on the cellular level.

Detoxification comes from the outside, it forces the body’s physiology. For example, IV chelation takes away everything; you have to prepare the person and replenish afterwards.

The idea of Detoxification is part of the pathology. Let the organism intoxicate itself with toxins, then force it to eliminate toxins through aggressive techniques.

However, sometimes we have to do detoxification when the organism is overly toxic.