Since we are entering cold and flu season it seemed like the right time to talk about a old treatment.
So, how does wearing wet socks at bedtime treat colds?! The cold socks stimulate the body to reflexively increase blood circulation which helps to decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat. The increased circulation supports lymphatic movement in the cervical region and stimulates the immune system to begin fighting the cold. It is also effective to relieve pain and support the body's own healing response. The wet sock treatment is actually considered a 'warming treatment' because it allows the body to heat itself during the night and you will wake up with less congestion and dry socks!
So next time you feel a cold starting, try the wet sock treatment for 3 nights in a row.