The Tao of Detox: The Secrets of Yang-Sheng Dao

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By Daniel Reid

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Daniel Reid

Daniel Reid
Daniel Reid has a Master’s degree in Chinese language and civilization, and he studied Taoist practices in Taiwan for 16 years and in Thailand for 10 before moving to Australia in 1999. He is the author of several books, including The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity and The Comple More...



A practical guide to preventing and treating the toxic assault on our bodies

• Shows how the practices of periodic detox and “rational retox” can counteract the toxic nature of our modern lifestyles, diets, and environment

• Provides ancient Chinese methods and remedies that help the body repair itself

• Includes detoxification techniques, formulas, and exercises that work within 10 days

Despite the wonders of modern medicine, the state of human health throughout the world is eroding at an alarming rate. The long-term accumulation of toxins and acid waste in our bodies--both from the chemically contaminated air we breathe and water we drink as well as the toxins we ingest in the form of low quality food, preservatives, and additives--damages our organs, corrodes our joints and arteries, enervates our nervous system, and inhibits our immune system. Chronic pain and fatigue, hypertension and heart failure, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, indigestion, insomnia, and even acne, are all caused by the long-term accumulation of toxins in our bodies.

In The Tao of Detox Daniel Reid combines traditional Eastern practices and the latest of modern Western thinking to offer detoxification methods that can repair in as little as seven to ten days much of the long-term damage done. He provides breathing exercises, massage techniques, and soft exercises such as yoga and tai chi that help the body to heal itself. He also explains the importance of “rational retoxification,” which allows the careful reintroduction of less healthy substances, and offers ways to counteract those toxins we can’t--or don’t want to--avoid, including alcohol and tobacco. Reid explains that, just as we care for our cars with regular tune-ups, by practicing periodic detox as well as “rational retox,” we can enjoy long and healthy lives and still be able to “eat, drink, and be merry.”
“Anyone who has grown up in the overfed, over-drugged West will want to keep this book handy.”
Bill Porter (aka Red Pine), author of Road to Heaven, translator of Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching

“Of all the current experts and practitioners writing about traditional Chinese medicine, Daniel Reid is unique in his balanced methods of blending the East and the West. This is a timely book.”
Chungliang Al Huang, author of Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain

“In this well-written book, Daniel Reid shares with us his heartfelt purification techniques, from ancient Chinese life science to modern science. I recommend this book to those who are on their path of health and well being.”
Zhongxian Wu, author of Vital Breath of the Dao

"I found The Tao of Detox to be very comprehensive, making it a valuable reference book."
Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide magazine, Sept/Oct 2007

"Whether you are intersted in doing a pure fast or something more gentle and customized, The Tao of Detox will provide you the guidelines to create a specific detox plan based on your needs and priorities. Highly recommended!"
Mystic Pop, July 2008