The danger we currently face from the media is very challenging. It can change your decision in matter of minutes based on an assumption. Detox patch is an intriguing topic that should be addressed in an unbiased form.
On daily basis we are poisoning ourselves with unavoidable toxins from the food, water and air we breathe. In 2007, Detox pads were introduced on the market. With claims to help detoxify your body and revitalize your entire system by removing metals, toxins and other bad things that are making you feel bad. The science is said to come from China where doctors developed technology to detoxify your body and making you feel healthier and cleansed.
Recently many manufacturers of Detox pads make extraordinary efforts to create the illusion of scientific legitimacy and use it as a selling point for detox pads.
So Does Detox Pads Work?
The Chinese believe every meridian point in our foot reflex to a part of our body system and that is the base idea of these “Detox Pads” were originally derived from the Chinese alternative medicine called “Reflexology”.
Reflexology is considered a “complimentary” healing practice based on the principle that “the feet represent a map of the whole body, so that by working manually on the feet, distal areas of the body can be treated” (Tiran, 2004). It is an ancient natural therapy which utilizes energy zones on the hands and feet to provide relief for a variety of illnesses as well as to energize the body system. It has been in practice in China for thousands of years and till today, remains a popular and common therapy in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand and is also increasingly popular in other parts of the world including Europe, Australia and USA.
When the waste products in our body reaches an excessive level, they can cause fatigue, lethargy, restlessness or other health problems. There are various methods to clear the buildup of these waste products(toxins) in our body; including fasting, dieting, sweat out in a sauna, regular physical exercise or even colon-cleansing.
The Chinese and Japanese have known about the detoxification effect of certain tree extracts and the meridian pressure points of relexology and accupressure. Combined with other herbs and when applied to the sole of the foot, it has been found to vastly improve circulation and promote detoxification of the human body leading to general better health and well-being. This combination of toxin cleansing and reflexology has made this formula a favourite among Asians, young and old, healthy and weak.
This obviously tells you that using detox pads on your foot doesn’t mean it’ll accurately work on a from western medicine approach. No body knows exactly the mechanism of action of these pads.
A new Acai Detox pads claims the mechanism of action as follows:
The polarity is reversed periodically, creating positive and negative ions, which are then taken up into your body through your pores. Your cells are then supposed to be energized by the ions form the acai pad, which encourages your cells to release oil, acid, fat, heavy metals, and other debris and waste which has accumulated in your cells and bloodstream over your entire lifetime. As your cells release the toxins, again through osmosis, the toxins are carried out of your feet and back into pad.
I have to say sounds too good to be true? Too easy to be real?
Dr. Sairwaa Prevost — a board-certified internist who is on staff at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.,– said the science behind the ionic foot makes sense.
“The science sounds reasonable to me,” Prevost said. “It’s taking advantage of the same principles of reflexology, that everything is connected through the feet.”
The main problem with Detox pads concept:
This what you see here is a result of what happens when you get a traditional Chinese treatment in a western culture that only approves of the western medical school approach.
Western medicine “is closely linked to the scientific method and emphasizes empirically measurable biochemical processes that drive disease, its treatment and health,”
On the other hand, Traditional Chinese Medicne favors a holistic approach, views the universe and body philosophically and develops inductive tools and methods … to guide restoring the total balance of the body.” Now tell this point to any western medical professional. He/she without doubt would consider this an absolute non-sense. And if that is non-sense how many Asian countries including China relies on that kind of treatment and have cured millions of patients over the last centuries with that method.
These conflicts add to the growing debate on the regulation of health marketing, the role of direct-to-consumer advertising, and marketing efforts to promote a health lifestyle.
So deciding to go with Detox pads or not. Is simply up to your decision. Go all the way with the western medicine or try the Traditional Chinese.
However, returning to a crucial point… Detox pads are not all the same. Many are scams few are legit. So far we have several positive feedbacks on Acai Detox Pads. Also you can check Amazon for reviews on any pad/patch you decide to try.
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