For hundreds of years, eastern medicine understood toxins travelled downwards in the body, accumulating in the tips of our toes and ankles. They also understood that toxin accumulation leads to many degenerative diseases. For example, painful rheumatism and arthritis were caused by acidic toxic fluids accumulating around the joints.
Detoxification occurs within our bodies on a daily basis. However, our modern day lifestyles introduce a higher amount of unnatural substances into the body that may result in the body losing its ability to eliminate these poisonous toxins. More synthetic food processing, more stress, more pollution, all add up. Our bodies sometimes don’t know how to handle all the toxins, and aren’t able to get rid of them via the normal detoxification measures. Over a period of time these substances accumulate and will cause various debilitating and chronic conditions. The result is familiar: vague symptoms that are often overlooked, until more severe illness strikes. Symptoms such as frequent colds, feeling sluggish and tired, allergies, poor skin, coated tongue, bad breath, head pain and feeling ill after eating fats and other food may indicate an impairment in the body’s functional ability without any overt organ damage.
Reports of more energy, better sleep, clearer and more positive thinking, and relief from all kinds of symptoms, including chronic pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, are common. After the initial nightly applications of several weeks, they may be worn once or twice a week, or a few times a month, as a maintenance program, to continue to help the body with exposure to daily pollutants, as well as toxicities that accumulate from stress.
A few people don’t seem to get a lot of “stuff” coming out of the feet at night — maybe due to a sluggish lymphatic system, and poor circulation. These people may do better to wear the pads during the day, to get a fuller benefit from the pumping of circulation through the feet, or to put the pads on an hour or two before bedtime, while they are still moving around.
The feet are the best place to wear the pads. However, benefits may be obtained from wearing the patches on several places throughout the body. The pads can also be worn directly over a painful and swollen area. They tend to work best when applied over a blood-rich spot, like the extremities, including the hands, feet, backs of knees, temple, neck and spine.
Overall lymphatic detoxing through the feet may easily take 30 days or more for the average person, longer if you are chronically ill. Most people use the pads on the arches of the feet to start with. The pads start becoming lighter in color as less “gooey” lymph is extracted. At that point, other areas of the feet can be addressed – the balls of the feet, the toes, the heel, even the ankle. Some will see results in a day or two, while others may take several weeks to sense something positive is happening.