Wet Sock Treatment for Increased Healing of  Upper Respiratory Passages

What is the wet sock treatment?  It sounds a little weird I'll admit.  But until you've tried it, you really can't knock it.  


It is hands down one of the most effective methods I've ever used for reducing congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat while reflexively increasing circulation in these areas.


It has a sedating action and many people 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.



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.



Use with caution in diabetes, Raynaud’s phenomenon or syndrome, arterial insufficiency or advanced intermittent claudication. The warming phase is especially important for these patients. Please consult your physician.



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



  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 wet socks on feet. Cover with thick wool socks. 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.

The wet sock treatment is best if repeated for three nights in a row.


** This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. Statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before implementing any of the ideas on this website. 

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