As quoted in the Newspress November 20, 2012
Dr. Kristi Wrightson, a Santa Barbara naturopathic doctor and registered dietitian, recommends this to clients as a possible treatment for sore throat or inflammation or infection of the throat; neck pain; ear infections; headaches; migraines; nasal congestion; upper respiratory infections; coughs; bronchitis; and sinus infections. As always, check with your doctor to find what’s right for you.
1. Soak a pair of cotton socks completely with cold water. Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly.
2. Warm your feet by soaking them in warm water or a warm bath for five to 10 minutes.
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. Don’t get chilled.
5. Keep the socks on overnight. The wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.
The treatment increases circulation and decreases congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat, and it relieves pain and increases healing during acute infections, Dr. Wrightson said. She added it helps patients sleep better.