Foot pads have been used and sold in Japan for hundreds of years. Similar to acupuncture, which has a positive effect on people’s energetic systems, the use of foot pads improve the body’s autonomic nervous system. According to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt of the American Academy of Neural Therapy,
“The major physiological effect of the foot pads is in the stimulation of the liver and kidney meridians. This increases the metabolic rate at which the liver and kidney cells detoxify the blood and purify the body. I use the pads personally every time I fly or at night when I feel that my body needs additional detoxification support or I am experiencing a Herxheimer reaction resulting from Lyme disease treatment.”
Essentially, food pads rely on reflexology, which is an ancient healing art that uses reflex points on the bottom of the feet to activate organs and systems throughout the body.
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It’s believed that stimulating these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs and systems through energetic pathways.
By placing detox foot pads on these reflex points, they will help energize, stimulate and detoxify your body. via GlobalHealingCenter
Why Are Detox Pads Worn On Your Feet?
The pads are worn on the feet for a couple of reasons – the feet are considered in Oriental medicine to be the “second heart” – that is, they help pump return circulation of blood and lymph back up into the torso.
With much of our time being sedentary these days, this natural pumping action is inhibited and circulation tends to bog down around the feet, ankles and lower legs. via PurifyYourBody
In fact, just sitting down on a chair cuts blood flow to your lower body by 50%.
How Do Detox Foot Pads Work?
Foot patches or foot pads are classified by the Therapeutic Goods Administration as a therapeutic medical device and work like a poultice. via BodyAndSoul
Homemade Detox Foot Pads
These pads are quick and easy to make. Plus, you probably already have all the ingredients at home!
- A tablespoon of finely chopped garlic
- A tablespoon finely chopped onion
- apple cider vinegar
- Self sticking gauze pads
- A small saucepan
- Bring ¼ cup organic apple cider to a boil.
- Add onion and garlic to the apple cider vinegar and steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove the solution from heat and let it cool for about 20 minutes.
- Pour the solution onto gauze pads until they are saturated but not dripping.
- Squeeze out any excess fluid from the pads, making sure not to wet the adhesive.
- Apply the gauze pads on the center of the soles of your feet.
- Put socks on to keep them in place.
- Go to sleep.
- Peel the pad off in the morning.