Probably the most interesting techniques practiced in ancient China were the detoxification of the body through the feet. This is a detoxification technique and the Chinese used it for several centuries simply because they assume that the feet are filled with many power zones connected to the internal organs of our body.

What is detoxification from the feet?

When you think of detox, you probably think of detox diets, colon cleanse, or fasting. But, in recent years, detoxification through the feet has gained popularity. Advocates say that foot detox therapy removes toxins from the body, increases energy, offers immune support, and improves overall health and well-being.

However, foot detoxes are not without controversy. Does Foot Detox Really Work? Are there any side effects? What different techniques are there for a foot detox? Read on for answers to these questions and more.

How a foot detox works

Foot detoxes are intended to remove toxins and metals from the body by drawing them through the feet. There are a variety of techniques for detoxification through the feet, including masks and scrubs, detox foot pads, acupressure, and ionic foot baths.

Proponents believe that a foot detox helps make the body’s pH more alkaline. It is also considered to deactivate a variety of harmful organisms. Some healthcare providers, including chiropractors and holistic health centers, offer detox foot baths and charge high prices for the service.

Different foot baths to detoxify the body

Here are several ways to perform foot washes that will help you clean all toxins from the body.

1. Ionic foot bath

Ionic foot baths work by sending an electrical current through a tub of water, causing the water molecules to split and create negative oxygen ions. Once there is enough in the water, the body absorbs them through osmosis, which is the movement of compounds from higher to lower concentration. Some newer devices also produce positive ions.

The foot bath process is quick and simple. You soak both feet in the bath that is filled with warm, salty water. An electronic array is also placed in the foot bath, which sends a direct current into the water. The combination of water, salt, and the whole are intended to generate negative ions by separating oxygen and hydrogen from water, neutralizing charged particles in the body, and drawing out toxins with opposite charges.

2. Salt detox

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • A cup with Epsom salts
  • A cup of sea salt
  • Choice of essential natural oils


All components must be placed in boiling water. Once they are mixed, the mixture is cooled and then the feet are soaked in it for up to 30 minutes. This will help eliminate fatigue, improve your magnesium amounts, and detoxify your body.

3. Detox bath with hydrogen peroxide

  • A tablespoon of ground ginger
  • Two glasses of hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide)


Add the ingredients to a tub of hot water and then soak your feet for about 30 minutes. This will help relieve joint pain and reduce allergic reactions, in turn removing all toxins.

4. Clay-based detox

  • Half a cup of Epsom salt
  • Half a cup of bentonite clay
  • Optional: essential natural oils


Initially, the Epsom salts should be mixed in a hot tub. After that, dissolve the bentonite clay in some water and then add it to the salt dissolved in water and add the essential oils (optional). Your feet should be soaked in this for twenty minutes. With this you will be able to increase the amounts of magnesium and detoxify your body .

5. Foot scrubs

Like a foot mask, a foot scrub can also cleanse and detoxify the feet, reducing odor and preventing fungal infections if essential oils with antifungal and antibacterial properties are used. Scrubs also exfoliate dead skin on your feet.

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 drops of lemon, lemongrass, or juniper essential oil (or combine them!)
  • 2 drops of peppermint oil

Combine the ingredients in a bowl, stir well to spread the essential oil throughout the mixture. Apply to each foot, rubbing the granulated salt mixture gently along the sole of the foot, between the toes, on the top of the foot, and around the ankles for at least five minutes per foot.

Peppermint oil supports the gallbladder and the digestive system in general . It is an important part of the foot scrub because it leaves a tingling sensation. You can add any essential oil, but lemon, lemongrass, and juniper have especially helpful detoxification properties.

Lemon oil supports the immune system and helps detoxify the liver . Lemongrass has a high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal power. Juniper oil supports liver function and detoxifies the liver, colon, skin, and lungs.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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