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Get Well Soon with Wet Socks Therapy

When I was sick with the [non-stomach type of] flu last week, my new naturalpathic doctor gave me some homeopathic medicines in pill form.  Easy enough.  Then she told me to try Wet Socks Therapy.

Excuse me? Wet socks.  In the winter.  While I’m sick…Is a way to get well?

Here’s the low-down, as given to me by Natural Choices.


Wet sock treatment is an easy and effective way to boost the immune system.  It causes the body to think it’s under attack or threatened by the cold, wet socks.  By changing the temperature of the feet, it causes the body to do the same thing it would do for any threat: It initiates a fever response (one of the body’s best defenses) and raises the circulating amount of white blood cells.

This can also be a preventative measure if you’re feeling run down, on the cusp of getting sick, or are surrounded by others who are sick.


The treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat.  It has a sedating action and many people report sleeping much better during the treatment.  It’s also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections.


  • 1 pair of white cotton socks
  • 1 pair of thick wool socks


  1. Soak the cotton socks in cold water. Wring them out thoroughly so they’re just damp and not dripping.
  2. Place wet sock on feet and cover with dry wool socks. Go directly to bed and avoid getting chilled.
  3. Keep the socks on overnight. The wet socks will be dry in the morning.  If they’re not dry, it could be a sign that your body does not have the energy to mount an adequate response to the therapy.  You should see the doctor.


This treatment may not be appropriate if you have a circulatory disorder, advanced diabetes, if you have certain types of cancer or in some cases of HIV and AIDS.  If you have a pre-existing chronic condition, you should speak to your doctor before trying this therapy.

So…Did it work?

It wasn’t a cure-all in my case, but I did wake up without body aches and without a sore throat for the first time in four days, and I was able to blow my nose easier.  If I’d known to do this earlier, I think I could have weakened the illness before it grew to such an intense strength.  In the future, I’ll try the wet socks when I start to get that feeling where my body is fighting a coming illness.

Good Health to you!




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  11. Susan 01/30/2013 at 12:12 pm

    This was so helpful to me. I was also drinking a lot of water and juice and I’d taken some Nyquil, but I was very sick and had to get up a 4 am to take a bus from DC to NYC to go to a trade show. I was desperate. So I did it and I felt substantially better by the next day. I took a set of cotton and wool socks on my trip and did the treatment in the hotel room at the end of the day. I was better rested than my co-worker and my feet hurt less and I was well over 90% better by the next day.

  12. Nichola 01/11/2012 at 1:45 pm

    What types of cancer are not recommended? Mostly just curious, also don’t want to tell someone about this with that type of condition…

    • Erica Fehrman 01/12/2012 at 9:24 am

      I’m sorry, I don’t have more information about possible reactions with cancer and white blood cell concerns. If there are any hesitations, the patient should talk to the doc.

  13. Michelle {Fun On A Dime} 01/11/2012 at 12:20 pm

    We’ve been doing this for a year or so and love it! I recommend it to everyone.