Ionic Foot Detox: Fact Or Myth? | Ionic Foot Detoxes And Chinese Medicine

Ionic Foot Detox: Fact Or Myth? | Ionic Foot Detoxes And Chinese Medicine

Updated: 10/18/21

A recent fad is the use of ionic foot therapies. You may not know the name, but you’ve probably seen the commercials about foot patches or foot baths that leave you with a patch or bath full of brown liquid to cleanse your body. Is it really a scam? Is there scientific proof to support these claims?

Royal Raymond Rife, an American inventor, is thought to have discovered bioelectric medicine, and ion therapy is related to that. His theory said that if viruses are introduced to the right balance of frequencies, they will be destroyed like a glass being destroyed by a high pitch. In the 21st century, Dr. Mary Staggs applies this theory to create the first commercial ionic footbath.

For myself, I decided to try it out with Christine Adamo, LAc., and see for myself what the scoop is all about. Christine uses ionic detoxes in her practice to help her cancer patients deal with the side effects of their treatment.

Christine warned me that there were many false companies out there who claimed that the brown water produced in their bath or patch was the result of toxins coming out of their body. The water changes color naturally because of the chemical reaction between the electricity and the salt water. It is actually the debris that forms in the water that are the toxins, so don’t be fooled by the commercials.

The scientific evidence speaks for itself, so don’t just take Christine’s word for it. Christine asked if we could do a test and see for ourselves if we wanted to.

“Why not?” I said something. What better way to determine the effectiveness of a treatment than by conducting a scientific experiment?

We decided to do a urine pH test before the cleanse and then another after the cleanse to compare the results. The first test showed that it was more acidic than normal. I was prepared to see if this would change my pH level in 30 minutes.

The purpose of the foot cleanse is to make the body’s pH more “alkaline“, but what exactly is the importance of being alkaline?

A person’s health is dependent on their alkaline body. There are diseases that thrive in an acidic environment. Christine says that the less acidic your body is and the more alkaline it is, the less prone you are to contracting a disease, such as osteoporosis or cancer.

According to the Center for Disease Control, up to 85% of all illness is caused by toxins and pollutants in our bodies. The human body functions best when the ion levels are balanced. How do we accomplish this?

The food we put into our bodies have either acidic or alkalizing properties. The more higher alkaline foods you can include into your diet, the better. The process of ionization helps to remove free radicals from the body.

How do ionic foot detoxes fit into Chinese medicine?

Traditionally, we think of acupuncture and herbal medicine as being the main components of Chinese medicine. The ionic foot detoxes we see today are a more modern invention, but magnetism itself has been used to accompany traditional Chinese methods medicinally in China for over 2,000 years.

A variety of modern tools that weren’t invented yet back in ancient Chinese times are used by acupuncturists today. The electrical stimulation machine is one of the tools used to accompany acupuncture. Both of these tools are used to help clear heat in the body.

Christine said that every physician has a set of tools in his/her tool bag.

So, the crucial question: Did it work?

Yes, the test says. My post-detox pH levels were in the middle of the spectrum, and noticeably more alkaline than before, as they should be. Christine says that the body can be alkalized up to 48 hours after the treatment through urination and sweat, which is an added benefit. It is recommended that one do not eat acidic foods after a treatment to help facilitate the process.

It is important to aid in the alkalizing process of your body. You can’t just come in and get it fixed. You have to be in control of your health. Christine said that the work she does with a patient has to be part of a team effort and that the food alkalinity chart is important. Christine suggests that you bring it with you to the grocery store so that you can purchase alkalizing foods.

Other scientifically measured effects of this detox, besides alkalization, are lower blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels. A 2008 study by Center for Research Strategies showed participants’ levels of aluminum to have decreased by 46% and arsenic levels to have decreased by 24%, on average.

Are ionic foot detoxes common in holistic healthcare settings?

A simple search on the internet will show that ionic foot detoxes are offered in healthcare centers, spas, hair salons, and grocery stores across the U.S.

It is important to note that the first step of a treatment plan is detoxification. Similar to treating drug or alcohol addiction, detoxification prepares the body for the next phase of treatment, whether it is therapy or alternative care. For most natural healthcare enthusiasts, an ionic foot cleanse is the beginning of a healthy lifestyle.

Is the ionic detox good for anybody?

Yes, that’s right! Most people can benefit from an ionic cleanse. It’s good for people who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, yeast infections, and cancer.

If you have a pacemaker or open sores on your feet, you should not use the ionic detoxing.

Christine said that the benefit of this form of detox is that it is gentle and safe, and not compromising. In treating peripheral neuropathy, the detox works well with the help of the Chinese medicine.

The best time to cleanse for people who are not suffering from a specific ailment is during the spring and fall.

Christine AdamoChristine Adamo

Christine Adamo is a board certified Oriental medical physician. She is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and practices various forms of Eastern medicine.

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