Warming Socks

This treatment used to be called, “Cold Wet Socks”, but someone finally figured out that that was not a very appealing picture, so the name was changed to “Warming Socks. The warming socks treatment is best if repeated for three nights in a row.

Indications:

Sore throat or any inflammation or infection of the throat, neck pain, ear infections, headaches, migraines, nasal congestion, upper respiratory infections, coughs, bronchitis, and sinus infections.

Supplies:

  • 1 pair thin white cotton socks
  • 1 pair thick wool socks
  • Towel
  • Warm bath or warm foot bath

Directions:

  1. Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them completely with ice cold water. Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.
  2. Warm your feet first. This is very important as the treatment will not be as effective and could be harmful if your feet are not warmed first. Warming can be accomplished by soaking your feet in very warm water for at least 5-10 minutes or taking a warm bath for 5~10 minutes.
  3. Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.
  4. Place cold damp socks on feet. Cover with thick dry wool socks. Go directly to bed. Avoid getting chilled.
  5. Keep the socks on overnight. You will find that the damp cotton socks will be dry in the morning.

Effects of the Wet Sock Treatment

The body perceives the heat differential between the cool socks and the hot feet as an irritant. It responds by pulling the congested fluids from the upper respiratory passages, down to the feet to warm up the socks. Over the course of a couple of hours, the socks will dry out, and the nose and sinuses will decongest.
This movement of fluid also has the effect of stimulating the immune system, to better fight infection. It works very well with sick children to get them to sleep quickly, and keeps them more comfortable throughout the night. The same holds true for adults.

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