Updated: 01/10/2018

Ionithermie Review - 6 Things You Need to Know


In my never-ending quest to find the best diet product, this week I reviewed Ionithermie. Here at DietSpotlight we dug deep, focusing closely on the side effects, ingredients, clinical research and level of customer service. We additionally read through dozens of customer comments and user responses we found on the internet. Lastly, we compacted all of the data we collected to give you the info you need.

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What You Need To Know About Ionithermie

First thing, Ionithermie is described as the “firming body specialist.” Specifically these are spa treatments that are intended to remove inches from your figure and allow you to look slimmer and more well toned. It is available on cruise ships, in salons and clinics, as well as at home. There are products available that allow you to treat your cellulite and problem areas in the comfort of your own home. Some of the ingredients used in these products are Guarana Extract, Seaweed, Amino Acids, ATP, Ivy, INA and Micronized Algae. Iontophoresis or galvanic current is also used to treat the tissue at a cellular level. [1]

This treatment has been available for over 30 years and the products are sold directly through the main website. There are some before and after photos and customer testimonials posted on the website as well, but read on…

Adverse Effects of Ionithermie – “Concerning?”

The first issue we found dealt with Ionithermie side effects. “It’s clear that some women have experienced adverse reactions from this treatment. In fact, some customers have complained of body rash and burning sensations,” says our Research Editor. [2]

“I had a round of treatment whilst on a cruise in December. Since then I have just started my first period, and am experiencing an extremely painful burning sensation around my lower front,” said one user.

Another person commented, “Bought the at-home kit. After about 3 weeks of use I started bleeding.” [3]

Customer Complaints – “Another Issue”

We did find some customer complaints posted on the web for Ionithermie. One user stated, “This was the WORST investment I have ever made!!!! Totally disappointed. I was told that I lost 11 inches after one treatment, and I do not believe in it. I wear size 4, and after my treatment I tried my favorite jeans on and DID NOT notice any difference!”

“I tried this and saw no results whatsoever! What a rip off! It cost me almost $200,” said another customer. [4]

The research we’ve done over the years has shown if there is a certain aspect of a weight-loss treatment or diet program that is very burdensome (adverse effects, too many customer complaints, unpleasant taste) the likelihood of long-term results is slim. So, if Ionithermie does in fact result in users being upset, this could be a serious issue.

Any Real Science?

The official website for Ionithermie does not mention clinical studies or science. This is unfortunate, because we at DietSpotlight prefer to see published research that supports the weight-loss product or system we are investigating.

What Users Are Saying

“Great product. Will buy again.”

“In one month I have lost 5 inches, which is good, but I would like to lose more. It is expensive, and I am not sure I am going to continue it. I may, as I have the other products that were used in the spa. I shall have to finish the last ampule and then measure again.”

“I have used this for 6 days straight per directions and there has been zero change in texture or loss of inches.”

The Bottom Line – Does Ionithermie Work?

So, should you spend your money on Ionithermie? Well, we like Ionithermie’s longevity as a product and some testimonials we saw about it on the official website. However, we have some doubts about it because it’s not backed by actual clinical research. Also, we’re concerned about the adverse effects of Ionithermie and the customer complaints we found on the web. [5]

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What are the ingredients in Ionithermie?

Ionithermie is a spa treatment, at home kits are also available. There are various products used in this treatment, some may include Amino Acids, ATP, Seaweed, Ivy, Guarana Extract, INA and Micronized Algae. Iontophoresis or galvanic current is used during the spa treatments.

What are the side effects of Ionithermie?

According to The Houston Med Center, side effects may include skin irritation and redness.

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Does Ionithermie work?

There are mixed reviews on the efficacy of Ionithermie with some clients seeing results while others have been disappointed and not seen the results they expected.

What is the price of Ionithermie?

The cost of Ionithermie treatments ranges from $190 to $205 for spa treatments and at-home kits ranging from $90 to $487 depending on the size of the kit.

Where can I buy Ionithermie?

Spa treatments are available at select locations and some cruise lines while at-home kits can be purchased online.

How should I take Ionithermie?

Ionithermie is a Cellulite treatment using special algae and thermal clay with mild electrical stimulation. If using an at-home kit you should follow package directions.

How do I contact Ionithermie customer service?

You should contact the spa that performed the service. For at home products you should contact the company you purchased from.

Can I return Ionithermie?

Unfortunately, spa and salon treatments cannot be returned. To return any products you purchased yourself, you should contact the company you purchased from.

What are the common complaints about Ionithermie?

The most common complaints are rash, skin irritation and lack of expected results. Some clients have complained of intense irritation and bleeding at the treated area.


Previous Ionithermie Review (Updated September 20, 2012):

Ionithermie: What You Should Know

Ionithermie is an electricity-based detox treatment used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and slim the body. It is purported to break down fatty acids, fat tissue, and purge the body of toxins that build up over time. Many websites claim that this process improves skin texture, firms and tones muscles, and detoxifies the body by raising energy levels and the metabolism. There are differing opinions on the slimming effects, with treated areas reportedly slimming anywhere from 1 to 8 inches. This process was created in 1978 by Olivier Fouche, a French biochemist. Ionithermie is only recently available in the United States. Clinical tests have shown positive results but there is no scientific literature substantiating the claims about Ionithermie.

Ionithermie Ingredients

Not found.

Ionithermie: Product Features

When spas employ Ionithermie, they use several types of micronized or cleansing algae and thermal clays. The area is then covered with a layer of fabric and a conductive coat of thermal clay. Electrodes are attached to the fabric and an electrical current is passed through. The electrodes combine two types of electronic stimulation and are applied for 30 minutes to an hour. The faradic (electric) stimulation works as an exercise to promote muscle and skin tone. Galvanic stimulation uses both positive and negative ions to extract toxins from deep within the body. Once complete, the application is removed and lotion is applied to the skin.


  • Ionithermie has been in use for almost 30 years.


  • Ionithermie can only be used in a licensed spa or other beauty institute.
  • Electric stimulation can give some people an unpleasant sensation.
  • Ionithermie's results are not long term.
  • The price for the Ionithermie treatments are around $125 to $150 each.

Ionithermie: Conclusion

Treatments such as this have been featured in many popular women's magazines such as O and Glamour but we can't find much evidence to suggest they work well. They may tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite but it's a short term fix. If you are interested in this treatment we also suggest using a powerful weight loss product that includes a thermogenic compound to burn fat all day and night.

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50 Ionithermie Reviews

  • Need more information for my decision

    I am undecided about whether to pursue this fairly expensive treatment in order to lose inches from my arms, stomach, abs and thighs. Any advice would be welcomed!

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hello Brandy. All users are different and can experience different weight-loss results, but exercise in conjunction with a healthy diet and supplements have shown to help with weight-loss.

  • how do i apply the products at home? I bought a kit

    how do i apply the products at home? I bought a kit

    • MagesseT

      If you go to the website:
      timetospa.com and search ‘ionithermie’ you will find instructions there for the drybrushing towards the heart, then apply cleansing formula,then the application of products (rub them on) – it’s best to leave the products on overnight – I have several of these products for at-home maintenance between my spa sessions – I hope this helps 🙂

  •  I have a copper IUD. What could happen?
    Jen Brazier (Verified User)

    I had this treatment done and I have a copper IUD. What could happen?

    • Claudia Calisto

      Nothing can happen. Ionithermie should not be applied directly above the area where the copper IUD is because the metal can attract the electrical current, causing significant pain during the treatment. If you didn’t experience this, nothing has happened.

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Jen! Because of possible interactions with other products, please make sure to consult with your physician before taking this product.

  • How to get this treatment in KY

    Where can I get this treatment in Louisville, KY? I had it on a cruise and am doing the home care but would like to continue with additional treatments.

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Julie! Ionithermie is avaliable through a number of third party retailers like eBay. However, before you buy, you may want to consider Dietspotlight Burn, a weight loss supplement with clinically researched ingredients.

  • Where can I have this procedure

    Where can I have this procedure done in the Detroit MI area?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Cherry! Ionithermie treatment may be available at your local dermatologist’s office or spa center.

  • Sarah

    I had a treatment on a carnival cruise. Don’t waste your money! My treatment was 30-minutes. I measured 2-inches less. AFTER the treatment the girl told me I would have to do the at home treatments for a minimum of 3-months daily consecutive to see any significant results. Also, she had me stand naked with a paper thong on in front of a mirror while she measured me. My only thought on that was to make me feel guilty about my body. Didn’t effect me, my body image is just fine. $800 plus the $130 I just spent, not a chance!

    • Montana (Editor)

      Hello Sarah. We’re sorry you had such a bad experience. If you’re looking for a more affordable weight loss solution, you might want to give Dietspotlight Burn a try, especially since it has clinically researched ingredients.

  • Marie

    I’ve used Ionithermie every year before annual cruise for the past 3 to 6 years and have always had success. Cellulite appearance reduced significantly and lasted for 6 months or more wirh virtually no exercise. I’m have been in menopause since past 7 years and metabolism had shut down due to inactivity. I mention these things so you can have an idea of the challenges I’ve experienced….and still got results. I understand the skepticism but I can gone result say it absolutely has worked for me. Almost forgot to tell you I also maintained it at home by using all of the same products minus the clay and machine itself.

  • YouLyn Heinemann r Name

    Travelling.thru east coast Australia & urgently.require thermie.therapy treatment. Unbelievable modality.


    two treatments on a cruise resulted in losing 15 inches! Now I am using the home kit and hope to lose both toxins and inches.

    • Kim

      I did three 50 minute treatments on the Carnival Legend and it worked for me!! On my first treatment I lost 12 inches which is cumulative of the different areas that were measured of my waist and hips. I watched her measure before and after and noticed a firmness on my loose after pregnancy stomach!!! But yes it was costly and yes I am continuing the treatment.

  • Need help experiencing pain
    Bess zana (Verified User)

    after 4 treatments my low back pain returned with a vengeance and tummy is extended. Please advise

    • Arnold (Editor)

      Hi Bess. Unfortunately it could be that this product simply isn’t effective for you. Why not browse around a bit. You might be interested in a more proven fat burner.

  • How to make this effective?
    Beverly B (Verified User)

    Ive tried this product at home simply by applying to skin and wrapping with saran wrap. I dont see any improvements after five treatments. Do you have any suggestions for how to use and apply at home? Thanks

  • Experiencing itchy skin when using this
    Elizabeth B (Verified User)

    I had a session done on my cruise and like 2 hrs later my bottom, lower back and legs are itching very badly and I have small bumps. I thought it would go away the next day but I still have the itching. any suggestions please?

    • Your Name

      It’s called prickly heat your are sensitive to heat avoid treatment for 2days it will go away

  •  This Product Caused me Thickening
    Judy Aitken (Verified User)

    Bought the at home kit. After about 3 weeks of use I started bleeding. At 69, it’s not my period. Went to E.R, and the Dr. said I have thickening in my uterus walls and that’s causing the bleeding. Could this product cause the thickening?

    • Your Name

      No stupid

      • Liv


  • I believe the treatments work
    Your NameChristine (Verified User)

    I have the treatments done every time I go on a cruise and can see instant results. I’m not big to begin with but I do see smoother skin on my legs and my mid section went down dramatically and it wasn’t just water, because my midsection is still looking pretty good and tight. I believe the treatments work. They also detox your body to some extent so I’m all for it. I also do the internal detox, also Elemis products and feel more energetic.

  •  Purchase to Machine and Product
    ylanda (Verified User)

    Hi im from SA. I worked on a cruise ship as an Ioni therapist… is there a way I can purchase the machine and products?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Ylanda! We are not affiliated with Ionithermie, so we do not know where you could buy these products.

  • Please tell me the difference between ionithermie and zerona, cool sculpting?
    Gayle Taylor (Verified User)

    While on a recent cruise, I had 3 treatments of ionithermie, and am pleased to say that I lost 15 inches. I’m now home in California and can not find this kind of treatment locally. Can you please tell me the difference between
    ionithermie and zerona, cool sculpting? or: is there another treatment LIKE ionthermie called by another name?
    Thank you.

    • Nancy

      Some Equinox Spas offer this treatment. The one in West Hollywood does.

  •  Facing side effects.
    Ruth (Verified User)

    I would to try this. However, I had a tear in my heart last year for no reason. This resulted in a heart attack. I am on a beta blocker and ace inhibitor. I am not over weight but could lose inches. Is it a safe procedure to try after having a heart attack?

    • Gangadei Deonarine

      Am I a candidate for this treatment even though I have a couple of stents. Thanks.

  •  This really works!
    CP (Verified User)

    Hey, i just got off a cruise and it worked,, i was told to not drink alchohol at least the for the rest of the day after I did it. I did it twice, the first time i lost 7 inches, the second time i lost 5 inches. This REALLY works, and is healthy if done correctly, but it shouldn’t be used as the go-to, but just a boost or start to a healthy lifestyle! It truly worked for me and i’m doing the follow up treatments! I highly recommend it to anyone with extra water weight, as that was what my problem was and I do eat very healthy and am skinny, just had horrible watery thigh bulges from bad lifestyle in my teens and twenties!

    • Cyn

      This doesn’t work. I just got off the cruise ship and during the cruise I did 3 sessions and each time the tech put down the inches loss, I have to double check it when she’s out of the room and basically she lied straight out of her teeth. No inches lose. Complete waste of money.

  • Pain on my lower belly
    Melissa (Verified User)

    I had a round of treatment whilst on a cruise in December. Since then I have just started my first period, and am experiencing an extremely painful burning sensation around my lower front.(Ovaries?) I have had my tubes done for many years, and since I have metal clamps, was wondering could the treatment have caused this pain? The therapist assured me that it would cause no problems!

    • Anonymous

      Just had a treatment on a cruise. The initial waver papers ask if you have any metal in your body and the therapist asked again prior to the treatment so I assume that it could cause a problem if one does have any internal metal.

      • Marjorie

        I had it done….2 sessions .. on a cruise last week. I don’t remember anything about “metal in your body”, I have a metal replacement knee joint.

  •  Change in lifestyle
    Mike (Verified User)

    Just started a three session round of Ionithermie. Not quite sure what to make of it. BUT, like all things of this nature, the loss of weight and a healthier body is all about changes in lifestyle. What one wills the will do. What one wishes simply will not happen.

  •  Information to get treatment
    carlos (Verified User)

    hi if you want to try any treatment as Ionethermie, lipomax rf, skrink wrap system or different kin of laser treatments you have to visit Beautiful me of malibu…310 5980072…call for an appointment

  •  Disappointed with the product
    Viktoria (Verified User)

    I tried this treatment two weeks ago on a cruise. This was the WORST investment I had ever made!!!! Totally disappointed. I was told that I lost 11 inches after one treatment, and I do not believe in it. I wear size 4, and after my treatment I tried my favorite jeans on and DID NOT notice any difference! I am working out about 3 times per week, and I lost 10 pounds of “baby weight” after my second one. Believe me, I know how it feels to loose every pound. My biggest disappointment was my stomach. I was working really hard to get “flat stomach” back after two children, and I reached my goal. This treatment stretched my stomach muscles, and now I look like 4 months pregnant even on empty stomach in the morning. I feel like my stomach felt out…VERY disappointing. (If you have ever been in chiropractor’s office, they use same kind of treatment to stretch your muscles to release pain). Last, I’m missing my period (had never happened in my life, except my two pregnancies). I am very anxious what happened. I would never ever have this treatment again. If you would like to try one, please consider the following before you do: 1-doctor’s consultation, including gynecologist;
    2-read plenty of other people reviews;
    3-do not do it on your stomach area if you care about your internal organs, do tights only.
    Good luck!

    • anonymous

      The machine does not stretch your muscles at all! It contracts and releases it just like your sit ups does. There is no way that it could “stretch” your muscle. And its not a tinge unit its galvanic and iontophoresis current that is used. Its natural ingredients and will also not make your period stop. Ill say concider something else that you changed or even stress can cause skipping your period. Ill also say make sure you know absolutely everything about the treatment and product before you jump to conclusions like this. Plus 11 inches all over is NOT a dress size you need to loose at least 15 inches on each measured area to loose dress sizes. Your 11 inches was a total of all measured areas

  •  Expensive but the product works well
    caroline (Verified User)

    I tried this treatment on my cruise in march 2011. I loved it. I noticed and felt an improvement immediately and My family even noticed a difference. I am an active women who works out 3 days a week and eats well avoiding junk food, processed foods, coffee and alcohol. I tried the treatment because I felt my body needed a boost. I wanted to create a more smooth appearance. I am not sure how long the results will last but I find the price discouraging. I am a size 6/8 and lost 7 inches in two treatments. My friend lost 9 inches in one treatment. We are hoping to lengthen the effects of the treatment by using the brush and following the recommendations of avoiding putting toxins back in our body. This process didn’t eliminate the cellulite but it definitely improved the appearance and tone.

  • I purchased the program.
    Claudia Calisto (Verified User)

    Other advantages of Ionithermie are: Detoxification, Remineralisation, Improved skin. Results are long lasting if one uses a dry body brush daily with home care products. If you want to look gorgeous, then you need to spend a little time on yourself!

    • steph

      What kind of home care products? And are you talking about just a regular hair brush?

  •  ionithermie worked and lost more inches from my hips
    Annie (Verified User)

    I had ionithermie on a cruise 2 weeks ago and lost more inches from my hips/buttocks than I wanted to. Will this be permanent? Will I be able to “spot gain” what I lost?

    • Lisa

      I am going on a cruise next week and was considering this spa treatment. I would like my thighs to look toner for the weekend. Will this really work?

      • Cyn

        I just got out of the cruise. No it doesn’t work. Save your money.

        • anonymous

          This is not a quick fix if your looking for one do liposuction which is going to cost you a fortune and it might even give you more cellulite than you began with. Worth doing ionithermie the right way to see fantastic result you need to do 6 months of detox to get all that toxin build up over the years out of your body

  •  2171
    MagesseT (Verified User)

    I had Ionithermie on a cruise in 2006; I lost 44 inches (aggregate) in 4 treatments; I had since been looking for a place that offered locally, and finally found one. In two treatments, I’ve lost 22 inches (aggregate – measurements from ribcage to hips), and KEPT IT OFF. Yes it’s a quick fix for those who want to firm and tighten in order to get into that evening dress or for a special occasion; but it is actually better to commit to a program of regular sessions in order to make progress in INCH loss. The electrical impulses are more like a tingling, not a shocking sensation; they contract the muscles and help push toxins into the lymph system, where the body can then flush them out. I’d say one session of Ionithermie is equal to 10 Pilates sessions, for comparison. I highly recommend it.

    • Anonymous

      Is there a place in Calgary, AB that does this treatment?