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Are Detox Foot Patches the Easy Way to Detox?

In a controversial area such as detox this is probably the most controversial method that I have ever seen. Detox foot patches also called detox foot pads are fitted to the soles of your feet as you sleep overnight.

When the pads are removed in the morning they are claimed to have absorbed toxins from your body. They are often found to be smelly and discoloured.

You will find a lot of mixed opinions on this. Certainly the procedure is effortlessly easy and rather unlikely to me at least as a detox technique.

But this is something we would all love to be effective!

After all who wants to drink green juices for months or drink a mix of psyllium husks with water as part of a colon cleanse or take our Milk Thistle and Dandelion herbal teas and tinctures for a liver detox if all we needed to do was…..go to sleep with a foot patch on and wake up detoxed!

So what's going on? Is this real or is it a gimmick?

Well the foot patches are not a recent fad. They have been around for 4 years at least and are not to be confused with the foot pads used by Podiatrists and Chiropractors when they are working to support our humdrum foot problems like fallen arches, corns and walking difficulties.

There are several brands of detox foot patch –Kinoki, Chikusaku, Takara to name a few. All are claiming that the pads or patches detox the body but where is the proof they claim to have?

The finding that the detox foot pads pads are smelly and stained in the morning means very little. Toxins such as heavy metals or "gender bending" environmental estrogens can hardly be expected to produce such an effect and there are little to no other facts or tests to look at despite the claims.

Scientific claims that I cannot check or verify in some way are simply not believable.

A few years ago some scientists made claims that energy was being produced by a battery cell device they constructed and that the energy produced was nuclear energy.

This claim that "cold nuclear fusion" was occurring caused a huge ruckus and many experimental groups tried to check the results. After a while it seemed that the whole thing was hoopla. No solid results could be found to support the claims.

My position is that it is fine to talk about detox and traditional Chinese or Oriental medicine but when push comes to shove there is no proof for detox by foot pad and we are all left looking at testimonials and wondering if there is anything real?

Detox is a real and valid proccess and set of procedures to eliminate toxins from the liver and from the fat cells of your body and all this can be measured and verified.

But if health claims are made but not backed up and no proof is forth coming even after multiple challenges then we can just smile and get on with the rest of our day…..

:- )

Unless I can see some scientific experimental laboratory proof I'll regard detox foot patches as "pending validation" at best and an outright scam at worst.

Second thoughts

Putting herbal and other medical ingredients on a cloth / patch / pad is what a poultice is and people have been using herbal poultices for centuries.

Suppose we just forget the word "detox" here and regard these foot patches in the same way we look at foot baths and other topical treatments?

We may find that some of these "foot poultices" have genuine therapeutic effect and an effect that is not connected to detox at all.

Have you any experience of any these Detox foot products? Please share your experience or point of view in the comments section below…..

Can You Detoxify Your Body through a Detox Foot Patch?

Before we can judge whether or not it is possible or advisable to use Detox Foot Patches we need to be clear about detox.

First of all, detox is real, it is a genuine process and it happens every day in all of us. We have several body systems that help detox us such as the digestive system and the immune and lymphatic systems.

And we have major detox organs too such as the liver, gall bladder, kidneys and colon.

There are a lot of body resources invested in detox.

And that means that it is important that the natural processes we have to detoxify us run smoothly!

If they do not then toxins which should be eliminated from the body will build up and usually that means that the toxins which are not and cannot be eliminated are stored in the fatty tissues all through the body.

We can think of this as a giant (no offense intended) pending tray. So a lot of the problem with losing fat comes from issues the body faces with detoxifying the toxins in the fat.

If the body cannot deal with the toxins it cannot lose the fat or the weight. This is a major issue with stubborn weight loss and the only way to deal with it successfully and avoid yoyo dieting and the weight loss and weight gain cycle is to detoxify properly

Then and only then can weight loss that is any more than water loss occur in a healthy way.

That is the broad brush picture for detox, now we ask can detox patches add to that in any way?

First of all the patches also called pads resemble a small dressing or bandage. The "heavy lifting" if there is any would be done by the herbal mix in the pad.

So this is just like a poultice.

In traditional herbal treatment a cloth may be soaked in a herbal infusion and then applied to any area or part of the body that you wish to treat.

Nothing new in principle then.

It is the ingredients of the herbal mix that we need to look at now. Since I have not bought a foot patch I will reply on various online sources and what I get is the following…

Wood vinegar or bamboo vinegar

Chitosan from the shell of a crab

Herbs – vary by manufacturer – lavender, cayenne, raspberry

Tourmaline or Amethyst

The only thing that puzzles me here is the inclusion of Tourmaline and Amethyst, both semi-precious stones.

I guess the amount is small or they would cost a small fortune but I can't find anything that makes sense to me about why they are used.

I notice references to negative ions and infra red rays that I find not just unconvincing but plain silly. Before I trained in Naturopathy I was  a Physicist and loose talk of "healing rays" raises my scepticism!

Why treat or Detox the Feet when you have the whole body to choose from?

The usual answer refers to the treatment points on the soles of the feet.

These points can be used by Acupressure and Acupuncture practitioners as well Reflexologists and Kinesiologists.

No argument from me about the power of stimulating points on the feet and throughout the whole body frankly.

The power of these points is only denied by those who have not used them.

My question is can these pads, patches also called sap sheets do this?

Here is a fellow Naturopath, Dr. Group, who is sure they do – so sure in fact that he manufactures or at least supplies them.

Last Words

Detox is itself, rather amazingly to me, a controversial subject. Detox patches along with detox foot baths are probably the most controversial devices or techniques within the area of detox.

For me the jury is still out on both of them. I know too much about detox to flat out say that they cannot work and I have not myself tried them out to see if they do work.

They may in time find a place in Natural Medicine alongside Epsom Salts baths, Castor Oil Packs and Poultices.

There is a free downloadable PDF ebook called Miracle Patches from the website HealthMarvels

And more info at Dr. Group's website Global Healing Center

Meanwhile I am interested in your response, and experience so do comment on your use of foot pads and patches…