Liver Detoxification Test

The liver detoxifies potentially harmful substances into less harmful forms which the body can eliminate. There are two phases to detoxification. In phase I, enzymes activate toxic substances, making them more accessible to phase II, which converts toxins to more water-soluble forms for elimination through urine and stool.

In alternative medicine, a liver detoxification test may assess the body's capacity to detoxify and evaluates specific aspects of the detoxification process.

According to some alternative medicine practitioners, standard liver function tests measure enzymes such as SGOT and SGTT, while in contrast, the detoxification profile may help to identify specific places where the system is impaired in its ability to detoxify.

Some alternative medicine practitioners use this type of test to assess any chronic condition related to impaired liver function and detoxification. It can also be used as part of an optimum health plan.

This test typically involves ingesting tablets of common substances, such as caffeine, aspirin, and acetaminophen, that challenge the liver's detoxification ability. After that, urine and saliva samples are assessed.

Talk to your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms and to ask if this test would be useful for you. Self-treating and avoiding or delaying standard care can have serious consequences.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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