Naturopathic medicine focuses on treating the body and person as a whole, and finding underlying causes of diseases and disorders. In addition, prevention is also integrated into every protocol, as it is a major principle in naturopathy.

When illnesses such as the flu, a cold or upper respiratory infections strike, the symptoms may be a sign that viruses or bacteria have overrun the immune system and that it is not functioning properly.

Traditionally in western medicine, an antibiotic or antiviral can be administered and the idea is to kill the bacteria or suppress the virus. With a holistic approach, the focus is left on the body to stimulate an immune response strong enough to fight off the bacteria or virus on its own.

One way you can treat these illnesses is by using what is called the “wet sock treatment”. This is a traditional and common treatment method used by many naturopathic physicians and natural health providers.

Thick Wool Socks

The treatment starts with soaking a pair of thin cotton socks in cold water. Wring out the cold socks thoroughly and then place the cold wet socks on your feet. Next, place another pair of thick wool socks over those. It is best to wear them for at least 8 hours, so I suggest doing this before bed to get the best clinical effect.

The idea of the “wet sock method” is to boost the body’s defenses by increasing circulation and stimulating the immune system. This can be used to treat coughs, colds, flus and bronchial infections, but is especially effective for reducing fever.

This treatment isn’t for everyone and should be done under a practitioner’s guidance. Those with a compromised immune system or specific illnesses should consult with their practitioner before beginning this treatment.

This is just one component of an immune boosting protocol. Additionally, herbs, homeopathy or vitamins, specific to your needs, are added to enhance the body’s defenses. If you suffer from chronic immune problems, please contact us or your local health provider to find the best strategies to help support your immune system and get you back on the road to good health.