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.
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…