MORE and more therapists are starting to question the use of Iodex for relief of painful bunions, due to the contra-indications of iodine for people suffering thyroid problems.
While Tom Bowen did indeed recommend Iodex, in those days it was the only option readily available and many of the side effects were not well recognised. These include skin irritation, dryness, fever, tremors, joint pain and in extreme cases disease of the lymph nodes.
That is why I was so delighted to discover Bowtech Ease, a safer and highly effective natural option which unlike this old-fashioned remedy has a pleasing aroma and does not stain the skin. It has impeccable credentials, developed in Australia by Ayurvedic aromatherapist Farida Irani who is also a Bowen Technique (Bowtech) instructor and had realised the need for an alternative. Her unique blend of essential oils combines to soothe and lessen inflammation, disinfect the skin and help break down calcification in the joint. Since 2015 Bowtech Ease has been recognised with three UK awards.
I have seen first-hand the unpleasant side effects on a client who used Iodex, which makes me so passionate about an alternative.
As a therapist and instructor of Bowen Technique I am always mindful of its side effects and advise clients accordingly. I understand it is also becoming increasingly difficult to source which to my mind reflects growing awareness that it represents a real risk. I am proud to be exclusive distributor in UK and Europe and welcome inquiries from potential stockists at home and overseas.