Detox is the latest buzzword in the global alternative health community, and it is fast becoming mainstream. A majority of health-conscious individuals, aware of the amount of toxins the human body is now subjected to on a daily basis, are seeking means to effectively support the body’s elimination process.
It’s an undeniable fact that the hype and confusion surrounding the why and the how of detox are tremendous. Capitalising on our fear and bewilderment in the face of the countless toxin-related health scares, promoted by the media on a daily basis, a brand new industry is thriving. It touts detox aids in the form of herbal supplements, colon-cleansing aids, foot patches and detox diets, to mention but a few.
While some of these might be genuinely effective, they are unfortunately lost amongst the multitude of generally useless, so-called detox aids.
Louis Kuhne, a naturopath from Leipzig, Germany -hailed by his contemporaries as “a genius in the Art of Healing”- was a pioneer of the detox concept back in 1883. His doctrine of the Unity of Diseases stipulates that all diseases are caused by an accumulation of toxins in the body. He devised an ingeniously simple healing panacea based on hydrotherapy -specially featuring his famous friction sitz bath- accompanied by a wholesome, strictly vegetarian diet. Using these simple methods, Kuhne achieved phenomenal success in healing a wide spectrum of previously incurable diseases, and helping his patients recover and maintain good health.
M.K Gandhi (the Mahatma) praised Kuhne’s baths in a correspondence
to Nehru on January 17th, 1929 saying: “I utterly distrust doctors’ reports, I strongly recommend Kuhne’s bath and sun baths.”
The Detox Bath is based on Louis Kuhne’s friction sitz bath. It is a tool that nature generously provides us with, to help us maintain our health and body in optimal condition.
According to Kuhne, internal body heat, -generated by movement, digestion, stress or shock- pushes excess fat and toxins out to the body’s periphery where they deposit and can no longer be eliminated. The Detox Bath working principle is to cool down the core area of the body, i.e. the groin and genitals by applying cold water for ten to twenty minutes daily, or at least 4 times a week (depending on your initial condition and the results you seek to achieve). This action provokes a vibration in the fascia, (interconnecting tissue covering all internal organs) which produces a roll- back effect driving excess fat and toxins back into the intestines, where they can be eliminated.