Wet Sock Treatment

Effects of the Wet Sock Treatment

This 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 patients report that they sleep much better during the treatment. This treatment is also effective for pain relief and increases the healing response during acute infections.


  • 1 pair white cotton socks
  • 1 pair thick wool socks
  • Towel
  • Warm bath or warm foot bath


  1. Take a pair of cotton socks and soak them completely with cold water. Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.
  2. Place wet socks in the freezer for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Take a hot bath to raise your core body temperature.
  4. Dry off feet and body with a dry towel.
  5. Take cold, wet socks out of the freezer and place on feet. Cover with thick wool socks.
  6. Go directly to bed. Cover up with blankets and avoid getting chilled.
  7. Keep the socks on overnight. You will find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.