Wet Socks Treatment
What is it?
Wet socks treatment is a hydrotherapy (water therapy) treatment that helps stimulate the immune system by using the healing power of nature. Our bodies can heal themselves and this easy and simple treatment helps with the process. So, you might be wondering, what does it include? Basically, you take a pair of cold, wet socks and put them on overnight and let your body do the rest of the work. Your body will react to the cold by increasing blood circulation which stimulates the immune system. Wet socks treatment, also known as warming socks, decreases congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat also has a calming effect helping most people sleep better during the night. It is best when done at the first sign of illness and can help treat inflammation, upper respiratory infections, throat infection or soreness, migraines, sinus infections, nasal congestion and coughs.
What do you need?
- 1 pair of white cotton socks
- 1 pair of thick wool socks
- Ice (if needed)
How to do it?
- First, place white cotton socks in ice cold water and soak them completely. Then wring excess water out of them so they do not drip.
- Place white cotton socks in the fridge or freezer while you do the next step.
- Warm your feet by putting them in warm water for at least 5 minutes. You can also take a warm bath right before the treatment; what’s important is to make sure that your feet are warm.
- Dry off feet with a dry towel.
- Take the cold white cotton socks from the fridge or freezer and put them on. Cover with thick wool socks.
- Go directly to bed and avoid getting chilled.
- Keep the socks overnight and the cotton socks will be dry in the morning.
- Repeat this process for at least 3 nights in a row or until your symptoms are gone.
Wet socks treatment is very easy to do and safe; however, consult with your healthcare provider if it is appropriate for you based on your health history, conditions and symptom presentation.
Dr. Yarilis Vazquez, ND
Naturopathic Doctor-SOPHIA Natural Health Center