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Posts Tagged ‘wet sock treatment’

Wet Socks DO Work

Posted by terrepruitt on January 8, 2018

So how are you all doing? My hubby and I got hit with something. I don’t know that it is/was the flu. I can’t tell the difference. Except to me, I always think of the flu as affecting your stomach and digestion. We haven’t had that, that I know of. So to me it was – is – more of a cold. I woke up with it on Saturday and I was miserable. So Saturday night when I went to bed I decided to try the wet sock treatment. Heard of it? You can read about it by clicking here (Wet Sock Treatment). I woke up feeling much better. I felt pretty good throughout the day, but just like with anything, was a little tired and worn out by Sunday night – even though I didn’t do anything. So I decided to do the treatment again Sunday night.

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Sunday night I turned the heat down a bit and I was able to sleep with the socks on the entire night. AND I slept with my feet under the covers. Saturday night I kept putting my feet out because I was so hot. The heat just closes up my sinuses and makes me too hot.

The first and last time I tried this was in 2011 and it wasn’t for a cold. It was for an injured toe. This time on Saturday night my feet were so cold I did warm them first, but not in warm water. I just used a space heater. The second night my feet weren’t cold so I just jumped to #3 and put the wet socks on and got in bed.

I do think this treatment IS a good cold remedy and really helped me feel better faster.  I think I am going to try it again tonight!

I did think to look at my blog for the tea . . . . Sick People Tea . . . the one with lemon, ginger, and oregano . . . but I didn’t have any fresh ginger. I could have used powder, but I didn’t want to go outside to get a lemon. So I didn’t try the tea. But, I might still. I have to go outside tomorrow so I might pick a lemon on the way in.

How are you holding out? What do you do to help speed your recovery along after the flu or a cold?

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Placebo – but it Works

Posted by terrepruitt on February 26, 2011

I believe teaching Nia in the San Francisco Bay Area allows me to be exposed to a lot of different things. Recently I was able to experience or try two different things. Regarding one of them, I was showing a friend after Nia class, a product that a mutual friend sells. I was explaining what it was for and she said, “It’s a placebo.” This past week I asked a question on Twitter about a healing technique and I was told it was a placebo. These instances make me chuckle. I believe that if one is in a medical study and is told that they might receive the actual medicine or they might receive a placebo, that is applicable. When someone purchases a product or a service completely open to the idea that it might work and then they feel it does work, how can it be called a placebo? If it works for them in a positive manner, if they receive the help they were expecting, then how can it be called a placebo or just said to have the placebo effect? Could that not be said for a lot of things?

I once read a blog which has since been marked private so I can’t link to it, but it talked about all the “placebos” in everyday life. The blog stated that the buttons on traffic signals don’t actually work, they are just there to make people feel as if they have some control. The same with elevator call buttons and, if I remember correctly, thermostat controls in hotel rooms. Hmmm, I don’t actually know about the traffic lights and elevators, but I have had temperatures adjust in hotel rooms, so I think he might have been talking about some hotel rooms. Don’t we ALL press the buttons on traffic signals? And we all press elevator buttons? Do we do that because we actually think it does something? Yes. We might never know if it does actually help because eventually the light will change and eventually the elevator is going to come and by pressing the button it actual stops on the floor we are waiting on.

In regards to some products and some services for our bodies where we are left to decide if it works or not for ourselves, do you think that any of it has to do with what we think? Does any of it have to do with what we believe? I am somewhat talking about something that is difficult to measure. If you buy a lotion and you put it on you can somewhat tell if it is helped your skin. But what about a relaxation product?

Did you drink the tea believing it would help relax you and it did? Was that the actual tea or was it you believing that after you drank the tea you would feel relaxed? Did you believe that putting on cold wet socks (with dry wool socks over) would help your cold and you wake up feeling better? Was that really the wet sock treatment or your BELIEVING in the treatment?

If you feel is works is it a “placebo”?

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Wet Sock Treatment

Posted by terrepruitt on February 3, 2011

Just recently, I learned that one of my Nia students is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.  She has been attending my Nia classes for about two years and when I first met her she said she taught Pilates, so I thought that was her primary job. It is actually funny because I have been looking for a holistic doctor.  One day after class she asked how my toe was doing and said something like, let me think about it and see what I have and I’ll let you know.  I thought, ok.  The next class she brought me a sample of something and a homeopathic treatment/instructions where it stated she was an ND.  Ha, the things you learn.

Anyway, the second I got home I looked for cotton socks and wool socks.  We didn’t have any that I could accurately identify.  And I really didn’t think that walking around shopping was the best thing for my foot/toe.  There were times that I had to do things, as in get groceries or take care of some bank business, but shopping was not a high priority.  I waited until I could enlist the help of mom!  Yup.  She ran around and got me some wool socks.

Anyway . . . the therapy is this:

1.  Warm your feet, either by soaking them or by taking a bath.
2.  Dry your feet.
3.  Wet a pair of cotton socks.  Make sure they are completely wet with cold water.
4.  Wring the socks out so they are not dripping.
5.  Put the socks on.  Yes!  Put the socks on your nicely warmed feet.
6.  Cover the cold wet cotton socks with the dry wool socks.
7.  Go to bed!  Cover up like you normally would.

All of the various instructions I have read said to make certain that you don’t get chilled.  So the idea is to put the wet socks on, then the dry socks and go directly to bed.

When you wake up the socks will be dry and your feet warm.

This treatment is said to aid with congestion and upper respiratory infections.  Information says it helps with headaches, migraines, colds, infections, sore throats, ear infections, cough and bronchitis.  Also, helps with cold feet due to poor circulation.  Some things say it helps relieve pain and promote healing.

Since your feet have cold wet socks on your body has to keep your feet warm so it sends the blood to your feet.  This wet sock therapy gets your blood moving!

I found it made my feet really soft.  Same as putting lotion on then putting socks on.  I found that I slept really well.  At first I was thinking of this treatment as just something to do for my toe, but now that I actually tried it.  I can see how it could help with other things.  It was a momentary challenge for me to think of putting on wet socks, but then I realized my student wasn’t just making this up to help me, this is a TREATMENT.  It just took me awhile to get the right socks.  Neither my cotton nor the wool socks are 100% but they are as close as we could find.  I would think the higher the percentage the better.

The instructions I’ve read suggest you do it at least three nights in a row.  I did that.  I was too tired on the fourth night, which I think is good, but I might try it again tonight.  I think it really helped.  Oh, also, I skipped the warming step.  I started at #3.  Maybe if my feet were cold in the first place I would warm them first.

So what do you think?  Are you willing to try it?  If you do, please let me know your results.

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