Most people don’t differentiate between the symptoms of cold and flu. Cold symptoms typically start with a sore throat, which usually subsides after a few days. Then, runny nose, cough, congestion, and other nasal symptoms follow. Fever is rare in adults, but children are susceptible to it. Flu symptoms are more severe, including headache, fever, muscle aches, soreness, congestion, cough, and sore throat.
When these symptoms occur, most people reach for over-the-counter drugs. The problem with these medications is that they attack the symptoms, not the root cause of the illness (viruses). They only make you feel better or accelerate the healing process, but aren’t a cure.
As for natural remedies, you are probably familiar with at least a couple of them. The most popular include nose blowing the right way to get the mucus out; salt water nose rinsing to ease the nasal congestion; staying warm while the immune system is doing its job; having warm drinks to relieve the stiffness; gargling to ease the sore throat; having a steamy shower to moisturize the nasal passages; using menthol products to open up the blocked nasal passages; avoiding airplanes as the cabin pressure from a flight causes discomfort in the ears; using an extra pillow in bed to alleviate the congested passages in the nose; using steaming, vaporizers, humidifiers, and many more.
But, have you heard of the wet sock treatment? It might seem like quite a bizarre treatment, but it does work wonders! It stimulates the body `s defenses, according to Jamey Wallace, ND, Clinic Medical Director at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
As explained by Dr. Wallace, the treatment is known as a “heating compress,” which means that it is up t the body to heat the cold. The body increases blood circulation as a reaction to the cold socks, which stimulates the immune system at the same time. You need to trigger the immune system so that it is ready to fight the affliction or a condition. This treatment works by both increasing circulation and decreasing congestion in the throat, upper respiratory passages, and the head. It has a sedating action as well, so it is no wonder that patients report that they sleep better after the treatment. Ultimately, the wet sock treatment is effective at increasing the healing response during acute infections and relieving pain.
What You Will Need
- A bucket
- A pair of thin cotton socks
- A pair of thick wool socks
- Soak the pair of thin socks in a bowl of ice water. When completely wet, take them off and squeeze out the excess water.
- Place the feet in a bathtub of hot water to warm them up. Soak them for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the feet from the bathtub and dry them off immediately. Put on the wet cotton socks, and then cover with dry wool socks.
- Go to bed, making sure the feet are covered all the time.