What is a Detox Patch?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Vinegar is commonly used in detox patches.
Vinegar is commonly used in detox patches.

A detox patch is a product that is used topically and is purported to help remove waste from the body. The most common patches are ones for the feet, which are applied before bed at night and removed upon waking in the morning. These patches are designed to fit the arch of the foot and adhere to the surrounding skin. In most cases, the patch changes from white or buff in color to brown or gray overnight. This change in color is meant to indicate that waste has been removed from the body. In addition to changing in color, it is also common for a detox patch to harden while it is in use.

Although many people swear by the use of detox patches, there is a great deal of skepticism about whether a detox patch is really an effective way to remove waste from the body, or if they even provide any health benefits at all. In fact, some people believe that the reaction that causes the patches to change in color and harden is simply a reaction to air once the patch has been removed from its packaging and applied to the foot. Some people who use a detox patch on a regular basis, however, attest to the fact that, after repeated uses the color that results on the patch lightens, indicating that there is less waste for the patch to remove because the previously used patches have been effective in removing waste.

There are a number of health benefits associated with detox patches. In general, using a detox patch is meant to help increase one's wellness and boost immunity. In some cases, the patches are marketed as being designed according to the principles of reflexology and acupressure. In addition to patches for the feet, there are others that are meant to be worn on the lower back and in joint areas such as the wrist, elbow, and knee.

Most detox patch formulas differ slightly, but there are some ingredients that are used in almost all patches. In most cases, a detox patch is made with natural ingredients, the most common of which are wood vinegar and bamboo vinegar. Because vinegar is used in almost all detox patch formulas, they usually have a sharp smell. In order to mask this smell a bit, socks can be worn over the patches. It is best to shower in the morning after removing the patch in order to rinse away the scent.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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    • Vinegar is commonly used in detox patches.
      Vinegar is commonly used in detox patches.