The Origins of Ionic Footbaths

The origins of ionic therapy are loosely linked to American inventor Royal Raymond Rife, considered to be the modern-day inventor of bioelectric medicine. Rife developed a theory regarding frequency and viruses: in the same way that glass can be shattered when a soprano’s pitch matches the glass’s frequency, so too can viruses be destroyed when introduced to the right balance of resonating frequency. Dr. Mary Staggs is the first documented person to apply this information for commercial purposes. In 2001, she took accumulated research based in part on Rife’s theories and on the theories of other doctors, and created the first commercial ionic footbath as a means to detoxify the body through electrolysis.

What an Ionic Footbath Entails

The process involved in using an ionic footbath is straight forward. A person simply soaks her feet for 30 minutes in a footbath filled with saltwater. Low-voltage electrical currents are applied to the water to create positive and negative ions. The negative ions are then purported to enter the body through osmosis to subsequently attack toxins. While there are reports of water changing color during the process, which is often mistakenly attributed as evidence your body is releasing toxins, the true cause of the water change is iron oxidation — specifically, the water interacting with the metals of the device.

Benefits of Ionic Footbaths

According to proponents of ionic footbaths, the benefits of the baths are numerous and far sweeping. Some claim immediate benefits, such as increased energy levels, reduced headaches, an enhanced sense of calm, and improved sleep. Other claims have been more specific, suggesting that ionic footpaths can enhance liver and kidney functions, reverse aging while brightening the skin’s complexion, strengthen immunity to better protect against diseases, and balance hormones, glucose levels and blood pressure.