Let’s take a moment to go over the new rockstar in our clinic: herbal foot soaks. These beauties have made a recent debut in our clinic, and they’ve quickly made their way into mainstream treatment. Why? Because the results have been nothing short of incredible! There’s a reason, after all, why these are used ubiquitously in Asia. So let’s delve in!
Foot Soaks: What are they?
Foot soaks are nothing new. People in Asia have been soaking their feet in herbs for thousands of years. It’s common sense practice in places like China. Much like how many people currently have gym memberships, you’ll find many people with monthly memberships for foot soaks. But why? To quote a saying from China, “When a tree dies, it is the roots that die first.” So too, as our bodies age, it is our feet (and legs) that decline first.
Consider how our legs are as children. We move with extreme ease. Walking is fluid and graceful, and the impact of each step is expertly absorbed without harming our bodies. Our feet are warm and supple from our perfect circulation. Now imagine the effects of aging. Our feet become cold from lack of circulation. This leads to venous insufficiency which can be observed by protruding varicose veins and edema present in our ankles. The lack of fresh, nourishing blood begins to deteriorate our nerves causing first pain in the feet, followed by worsening numbness. The fascia in our feet becomes stiff from lack of nourishment. Pretty soon our legs stiffen, leading to harsh impact on our knees, hips, back, and neck. The pain in our joints leads us to not want to be as active, further worsening the circulation in our body.
It’s easy to see how this progression quickly becomes a cycle of worsening deterioration. This a major cause of pain, dysfunction, and reduced quality of life. Furthermore, the decrease in blood flow can turn fatal, leading to stroke or heart attack. This is where the foot soaks shine!
How do they work?
Have you ever soaked your feet in warm water? It’s an incredibly relaxing, and almost spa like treatment. Now imagine that feeling with profound healing effects. That’s how the foot soaks work. Initially, the feet and ankles get submerged in very nice warm water. This has an effect to cause the blood vessels in the feet to dilate, carrying fresh blood (oxygen, nutrients) into the feet. The heat of the water also has an effect to unlock the precious constituents of the herbs. With the blood flow opened, the body is primed for the transdermal absorption of the terpenes, volatile oils, and alkaloids found within the herbs.
This initial action of vasodilation has a mild tranquilizing effect and lowers blood pressure. People often report extreme relaxation or the desire to sleep. As the soak continues, the herbs cause the vasodilation to spread up the legs and begin improving circulation into the rest of the body. As circulation improves in the chest and heart, there is a mild increase in heart rate. This is a very beneficial action as it simulates a mild cardiovascular exercise, something not easily done when someone suffers from severe pain. This also tends to improve energy (mitochondrial function) in those with chronic fatigue. As the circulation spreads further up and into the head, a mild sweat may occur.
Internally, the herbal foot soaks behave something like the way a snow globe looks once shaken. This means that the extracellular impurities and dead tissue that has accumulated in our legs and feet make their way back into our circulation. At this point, the immune system signals macrophages (a type of white blood cell) to eat away dead tissue and rid the body of these impurities. For an analysis of our foot soak formula, click here.
What can they be used for?
Herbal foot soaks are used as primary and adjunct therapy for many chronic conditions such as:
Peripheral neuropathy, Fibromyalgia syndrome, low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, hip pain, arthritis pain, plantar fasciitis, Raynaud’s disease/phenomenon, infertility and other gynecological complaints, and some cardiovascular issues.
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