The Warming Socks treatment is an effective, natural method of stimulating the immune system. Warming socks are known as a “heating compress”, meaning the body is required to heat the cold, wet socks. The body reacts to the cold by reflexively increasing circulation, thereby stimulating the immune system. The vessels in your feet will constrict as your feet cool down, which sends all the good nutrients into your organs and tissues. These nutrients are needed to fight off infections and stimulate healing. When your feet start to warm up again, your vessels will dilate to release the heat, detoxifying the junk into your blood stream to be disposed through the lymphatics. The alternating of hot and cold creates a pumping mechanism that stimulates your circulation and lymphatics. The results are an active immune system and decreased congestion. By the morning, your socks will be completely dry.
Doctors and patients agree, after putting on the socks, you’ll climb into bed and drift off to sleep. While dreaming sweet dreams, your feet will be doing all the work.
What conditions are Warming Socks used for?
- Sprains, strains, pain, inflammation of feet/ankles
- Headaches & Migraines
- Infection and soreness of the throat
- Nasal congestion
- Upper respiratory infections (colds, flu)
- Sinus infections
1 pair of very thin cotton socks
1 pair of thick wool socks
1 hot foot bath
1 bowl of ice water or freezer
Optional: 2 sets of sweats or pajamas
- Soak the pair of thin socks in the bowl of ice water. Then wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip. Optional method: wet the socks under the faucet and place in refrigerator or freezer for 10 minutes.
- Take a hot foot bath for 5-10 minutes. This is very important for the effectiveness of the treatment. In fact, it could be harmful if your feet are not warmed first.
- Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.
- Place ice-cold wet socks on feet. Then cover with thick wool socks. Go directly to bed. Avoid getting chilled.
- Leave socks on overnight (or remove when socks are dry). During the night, you may wake up with your whole body wet from sweat. If so, change into dry pajamas, but leave on the socks.
It’s best to start the wet sock treatment on first day of an illness, ideally repeating it for three nights in a row. If you suffer from a chronic condition or compromised immunity, consult with their doctor before starting the warming sock treatment. As most natural treatments go, the warming sock treatment is only one component of an integrated treatment plan that includes hydration, proper nutrition and immunity-boosting supplements.