Does Foot Detox (Detoxification) Machine Really Detoxify?
Did you know what "Foot Spa" or "Ashiyu" in Japanese is? Just soak your feet in a shallow hot spring. If your feet become warm, then your whole body will feel warm, too. You will be relaxed just like you are taking a bath in a hot spring.
Foot Spa was originated and translated from a Japanese legend occurred about 1,600 years ago. It was narrated by a group of sickly people and monks who made pilgrimage. One evening, in a deep mountain, the group looked around to find a place to rest their exhausted body. They saw a hot spring streaming out of the rock where they decided to make their shanty for the night. Before going to sleep, they placed their feet to the hot stream to relieve their fatigue. When they woke up the next morning, they noticed that they felt healthier than ever before. The group completed their journey of pilgrimage, and they were informed by their physicians that their illnesses were gone.
This occurrence of miraculous healing power spread around from villages to villages. Thousands of people followed the same route of pilgrimage, and some doctors and renowned physicians found that foot spa has something to do with healing.
*Modern Foot Spa*
Today, we know the healing power of foot spa with different kinds of mineral contents in hot springs. Or with modern foot spa equipped with electronics device such as an ion producer and adding herbs in it, are sold.
However, none of Japanese manufacturers claim that it can do detoxification through feet. They just claim that it can help in rejuvenating your health, removing fatigue and other stress-oriented illnesses (e.g. neuralgia, rheumatism, lumbago, poor blood circulation, hemorrhoids, fatigue, dry skin, bruise, frostbite, chapped hand, miliaria (heat rash), allergies, pimples, migraine, insomnia, headaches, sinusitis, stiff neck and shoulders, sport injuries).
The recommended temperature is 40-42 °C, and time duration of about 10-25 minutes per treatment. You can do it many times as you desire.
*The Truth on Foot Detox*
Is foot detox really true? Actually, there is no definite medical proof about foot detox. Our own research also indicates either "Yes" or "No". Whatever the results of our researches, it is true that foot detox with minerals or herbs or electrodes added, will help in relieving fatigue and stress, and energize the body system, leading you to good health.
Also, our own research indicated that foot detox does not clean your body's wastes or toxic wastes as others claim. The public may be swayed by the water "miraculously" turning brown or black in color. However, it's proven that the changes in color are caused basically by the "electrolysis" of water.
And most of them claim that foot detox machines:
1. Enhance body detoxification - UNCERTAIN
2. Deactivate viruses, bacteria, yeast, and fungus - UNCERTAIN.
3. Reduce pain - YES (muscle or lymph-oriented pain only)
4. Purify the blood and lymph - NO (it helps in circulating them)
5. Stimulate the immune system - NO
6. Promote weight loss - YES and NO
7. Relieve tension - YES
8. Reduce inflammation - Depends on the sickness
9. Toxic matters and toxic fats can be detoxicated - NO
10. Improve oxygen levels in the body - YES and NO
11. Balances negative ions in the body - NO
12. Liver, kidney and parasite cleaning - NO
13. Removes wrinkles, acne and other skin problems - YES and NO
To make foot spa more effective, placing natural herbs or additives you probably have in your kitchen can help a lot. These herbs and additives help you prevent getting hundreds of illnesses, too:
1. Leaves of pine tree - boil about 5 minutes
2. Green tea
3. Dried skin of citrus fruits
4. Grinded garlic, ginger, and hot pepper
5. Bamboo leaves
6. Dried radish or carrot leaves
7. Corn silk or maize
8. Citrus skin
There are hundreds of additives known since hundreds of years ago in Japan. However, the above noted are the well-known additives for general use. All of them are good for treating skin allergies, dry and oily skin, fatigue, stress, insomnia, asthma, headache, rheumatism, arthritis, common cold and many others according to ancient books.
Now, you understand that foot spa is good in revitalizing or rejuvenating your health especially when herbs or some medicinal properties are added to the water.
If you are traveling to several hot springs, it contains minerals which are usually specified in the guidebooks of travel agents.
History tells its effectiveness. Why don't you try it? Oh, it is more recommendable to use wooden pail rather than metallic or plastic ones. According to the wisdom of our ancestors, "wooden pail" has the power to heal your sickness.
We have other information that "foot reflexology", an ancient natural therapy which utilizes energy zones on the feet, can provide relief for variety of illnesses as well as energize the body system. According to a Chinese acupuncture theory, there are reflex areas in the feet which correspond to all parts of the body and these areas are arranged in such a way to form a map of the body.
Foot reflexologies such as acupuncture voir foot streaming and moxibustion have been practiced since 4,500 years ago in China, Egypt, Korea, and Japan. Now it became very popular in many parts of the world including Europe and USA.
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