Warming Sock Treatment

 

This home care warming sock treatment is best if repeated for three nights in a row or as instructed by your physician.

Indications:

  1. Sore throat or any inflammation or infection of the throat
  2. Neck pain
  3. Ear infections
  4. Headaches
  5. Migraines
  6. Nasal congestion
  7. Upper respiratory tract infections
  8. Cough
  9. Lower respiratory tract infection such as:bronchitis
  10. Sinus infections.

Contraindications

Use with caution in diabetes, Raynaud’s phenomenon or syndrome, arterial insufficiency or advanced intermittent claudication. Please consult your physician before using this treatment.

Supplies

  1. 1 pair white cotton socks
  2. 1 pair thick wool socks
  3. Towel
  4. Warm bath or warm foot bath

Directions

  1. Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them completely with 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. Soaking your feet in warm water for at least 5-10 minutes or taking a warm bath for 5-10 minutes can accomplish warming.
  3. Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.
  4. Place cold, wrung out socks on warm feet.  Cover with thick, dry wool socks. Bundle up and go directly to bed. Avoid getting chilled.
  5. Keep the socks on overnight. You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.

 

Effects of the Wet Sock Treatment

This treatment acts to reflexively increase circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head, and throat.  It has a sedating action and many patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment.  This treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections.