Detox Foot Spa, Is It a Scam? You'd Better Know the Truth

by: Junji Takano

Updated: June 25, 2023

I have received several emails from our clients and newsletter subscribers regarding “ionic detox foot spa” and its results. So now, reading this article will guide you in the right direction.

Ionic detox foot spa machines are sold in several common names including: Detox Foot Bath, Foot Detox Spa, Aqua Detox, Ionic Detox Foot Bath, Detoxification Foot Spa, Energizer Detox, Cell Spa Foot Detox, Chi Detox, Bio Detox, Water Detox, and Energetic Foot Bath.

Ionic Foot Detox Bath Machine (Before and After)

You may have seen pictures similar to the one above. Many manufacturers and practitioners claim that it removes toxic matter from the body by soaking your feet in an aqua tub. The treatment is usually given by soaking your feet in water with added salt to aid water conductivity. Then, a low electrical current is transmitted through two electrodes.

They claim that the water turning reddish-brown is the toxic matter removed from the body. Depending on the color, they claim that a yellowish color is from kidney and bladder toxins, orange is from arthritis-related illness, dark brown is from liver-related diseases, and so on. Scientifically, these claims are 100% nonsensical!

Here's what really happens. The color of water changes due to a process called “electrolysis”. The brown toxins you see are from the rust generated by the corrosion of the iron electrodes! The different variations in color can be attributed to the varying amount of salt added to the water and variations in the compositions of the electrodes. The color of the water will change with or without soaking your feet in it.

Results from several sources also show that the brown substance that appears in the bathwater is iron-based, and that the bathwater showed no sign of urea or creatinine, supporting the fact that detoxification does not occur. In fact, some marketers have admitted this and instead emphasize "energy balance" in their sales pitches. They also use pseudoscience terms such as toxins, bio-energy, bio-stimulation, cellular energy, and other scientific jargon to mislead people.

Additionally, among many commercialized ionic foot detox machines, they claim that their machines create negative ions in the water that revitalize dead cells and organs in the body. There is no definitive proof that water can be properly ionized. Ionized water may supposedly mean that the water is ionized, although it is unclear what this claim precisely means. It is claimed that water in an electric field will self-ionize. Pure water at room temperature and normal pressure always self-ionizes to 10–14 M, and it is impossible to permanently force the water into a higher state of ionization without adding other chemicals. However, even if it is possible to ionize the water, it is difficult to prove.

I myself do not believe it.

Instead of relying on ionic foot detox quackery if you're suffering from a serious illness, we recommend using the PYRO-ENERGEN. The PYRO-ENERGEN has been proven effective in eradicating viral diseases, cancer, and diseases of unknown cause.

What about Hot Spring or Herbal Footbaths?

Regular Foot Spa

Regular Foot Spa

The usual form of a footbath, commonly done in resorts or spas, differs from the ionic foot detox machines sold in the market today. Footbaths originated from a Japanese legend that occurred about 1,600 years ago. It was narrated by a group of sickly people and monks who were on a pilgrimage.

One evening during that time, in a deep mountain, the group searched for a place to rest their exhausted bodies. They discovered a hot spring streaming out of a rock and decided to make their shanty for the night there. Before sleeping, they placed their feet in 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 pilgrimage, and their physicians informed them that their illnesses were gone.

Regular Foot SpaThis miraculous healing power spread from village to village, and thousands of people followed the same pilgrimage route. Some doctors and renowned physicians discovered that footbaths had healing properties. From then on, the term “footbath” or “Ashiyu” in Japanese was born.

Foot bathing works by soaking your feet in a shallow hot spring. If your feet become warm, your whole body may become warm as well. You will feel relaxed, similar to taking a bath in a hot spring.

Today, we know that the healing power of footbaths comes from the different mineral contents in hot springs. Electronic foot baths equipped with an ion producer and added herbs are also sold.

Herbal Foot Bath

Electronic Foot Bath

Electronic Herbal Foot Baths

However, no Japanese manufacturers claim that footbaths can detoxify the body through the feet. They simply claim that footbaths can help rejuvenate your health and alleviate fatigue and other stress-related illnesses such as neuralgia, rheumatism, lumbago, poor blood circulation, hemorrhoids, dry skin, bruises, frostbite, chapped hands, miliaria (heat rash), allergies, pimples, migraines, insomnia, headaches, sinusitis, stiff neck and shoulders, and sports injuries.

The recommended temperature for a footbath is 40–42 °C, and each treatment session should last about 10–25 minutes. You can do it as many times as desired.

Unlike ionic foot detox bath machines, electronic foot baths with added minerals, herbs, or electrodes can help relieve fatigue and stress and energize the body system, promoting good health.

Our research shows that foot baths can provide great relief for stress and fatigue, which are often caused by poor blood circulation, without the need for drugs. To make foot baths more effective, you can use natural herbs found in your kitchen, such as radish or carrot leaves, tea, orange peel, and other leftovers. These herbs can also help prevent numerous illnesses.

Here are some additives you can find in your kitchen, backyard garden, or nearby mountain::

  • Pine tree leaves: Boil for about 5 minutes
  • Green tea
  • Dried citrus fruit peels
  • Grated garlic, ginger, and hot pepper
  • Bamboo leaves
  • Dried radish leaves
  • Corn silk or maize

There are hundreds of additives known in Japan for hundreds of years. According to ancient books, all of them are beneficial for treating skin allergies, dry and oily skin, fatigue, stress, insomnia, asthma, headaches, rheumatism, arthritis, the common cold, and many others. I have requested our research teams to study about this for more details.

Now you understand that footbaths are good for revitalizing and rejuvenating your health. They may make you feel younger, especially when herbs or medicinal properties are added to the water. It is evident that footbaths have the power to heal certain illnesses.

If you are traveling to various hot springs, the natural hot springs contain minerals, which are usually specified in travel guidebooks.

What about foot reflexology? Foot reflexology is an ancient natural therapy that utilizes energy zones on the feet and can provide relief for various illnesses, as well as energize the body system. Foot reflexology techniques, such as acupuncture and moxibustion, have been practiced for 4,500 years in China, Egypt, Korea, and Japan. It has now become very popular in many parts of the world, including Europe and the USA. According to Chinese acupuncture theory, there are reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all parts of the body, forming a map of the body. As you know, there are patch materials containing medicinal properties, similar to those used for pain relief. By soaking your feet in hot water diluted with these medicinal properties, they will be absorbed into the body through the feet, rejuvenating our health.

History attests to its effectiveness. Why don't you give it a try? Also, did you know that it is recommended to use a "wooden pail" rather than metallic or plastic ones? Wooden pails also have the power to heal your illness, according to the wisdom of our ancestors.

Combining herbal foot baths with PYRO-ENERGEN treatment is superior for maintaining good health! Stay young and live longer. Good luck.

About the Author:

Junji Takano, the authorJunji Takano is a Japanese health researcher involved in investigating the cause of many dreadful diseases. In 1968, he invented PYRO-ENERGEN, the first and only electrostatic therapy machine that effectively eradicates viral diseases, cancer, and diseases of unknown cause.
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