This is one of the original “old school” hydrotherapy treatments made popular and used extensively by the forefathers of naturopathic medicine in the 19th century, including the famed Father Kneipp of Bad Woerishofen, Germany. This treatment, which is still currently prescribed by modern naturopathic physicians, involves putting on ice cold socks and... are you ready for this? ...Sleeping in them!
It may sound strange, but it works by rallying the body’s defenses. The body reacts to the cold socks by pulling stored blood from the inside (like the liver and spleen) and increasing white blood cells and other immune system functions to the peripheral circulation. In addition to helping strengthen the immune system, this hydrotherapy technique has been traditionally used for headaches, sore throat, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, neck pain, nasal congestion and sinus infections and to help gently lower fevers. It is best to use this technique at the first sign of illness and to use it three nights in a row if possible. Like with all new therapies, it is always a good idea to consult with your health care provider before starting the wet sock treatment. For more info, including a handout, please visit www.dr-toby.com/wet-socks
The theory of nature cure defines health as an adherence to the basic laws and energy patterns of Nature. Disease is viewed as a departure with Nature's laws. When the behavior of a human being, or of a community of human beings, diverges from these laws, the natural harmony of the world is disturbed. As a result, the vibrational state of the human body is similarly altered.
When one lives out of harmony with the laws of nature, one gets sick. Historically, the role of the doctor was to first recognize these imbalances then restore order and healing to both the individual patient and to the larger community.
As a classically trained acupuncturist and Naturopathic Doctor, I will be providing periodic health tips that recommend ways in which we can restore balance and allow for the healing power of nature to unfold.