Many people are looking for ways to detoxify themselves. It’s a bonafide concern as there are many toxins in our environment. Most traditional detox methods focus on cleansing the bowels. However, there is another method gaining in popularity—foot detox pads.
These pads purport to use Asian—primarily Japanese—methods to remove toxins in the body through the feet. The pads contain a combination of herbs and wood vinegar that are supposed to help draw out toxins. You place the pads on your feet at night and wear them to bed. While you sleep, the pad turns dark and sticky with toxins expelled by the body.
Why place the pads on the feet and not some other part of the body? Reflexology is a field of alternative medicine that says the body’s systems and organs have a corresponding point on the foot. The pads are placed on the feet to access these points.
Many people say that after using the pads, they have experienced one or more of the following:
- clearer skin
- more energy
- better sleep
- increased bowel movements
- weight loss
Also, nagging problems such as headaches and back pain are gone.
Although the body does eliminate toxins through sweat which is passed through the skin, critics of the foot pads say that the science behind them is flawed. It is impossible for heavy metals to pass through the feet.
The makers of the pads say the product works through the lymphatic system—herbs in the patches are absorbed through the skin, and this stimulates the lympatic system.
Keep in mind that unproven does not mean untrue. No one is certain how acupuncture works, yet people have benefited from it for thousands of years. The pads are gaining in popularity because many people are having a positive result. To date, I couldn’t find reports of anyone being affected negatively by the pads.