PEOPLE should research the effects of detox programs before using their personal discretion to participate in such programs.
Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said people had the right to enter into such programs if they felt it would better their health and lives.
He said, however, those scheduled for prescriptions from hospitals should not stop taking their medicine.
"If you look at the detox programs, there are some strict water, fruits or vegetable diet and this may rob the body of its other nutritive needs," he said.
"It is always important that the body has a balanced nutrition supply at all times and the unbalance in this nutrient supply may cause sickness.
"People should also be wary of fraudsters who are going about making up detox plans to make easy money while fooling the general public."
Dr Sharma said people should do their own research about the positive and side effects of these programs before making any decision to be part of them.
"From the ministry, we cannot stop people from entering into detox programs for it is their right if they feel that the program will better their health.
"Our only concern and plea is for people to make sound judgment before entering into such programs.
"We are aware of groups going around in communities to set up detox programs."
Dr Sharma said information on detox programs was available freely on internet websites and in health magazines.