Managing Fever

19.03.20 06:25 PM By Jon

Fever is our friend!

The box below links to a very valuable document that you can use to ramp-up your immune system 10X.  It requires no medicine.  All you'll need are some cotton socks and some wool socks.

Warming Socks Therapy

Wet Sock Treatment (Adapted from NCNM handout 2002)


This treatment acts to reflexively increase 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. The wet sock treatment is best if repeated for three nights in a row, or as instructed by your physician.    In short: this is a way to “boost immunity.”



Sore throat or any inflammation or infection of the throat, neck pain, ear infections, headaches, migraines, nasal congestion, upper respiratory infections, coughs bronchitis, and sinus infections, chronic ailments with repeated infections.    Indicated when there is a need to induce a safe, gentle, low-grade fever and stimulate white blood cell activity.   




1 pair white cotton socks

1 pair thick wool socks

Warm bath or warm foot bath

Warm Pajama

Extra Blanket on the bed.


Optional: cayenne, ginger, cider-vinegar (to help warm the body) 


Method of Action:

When the feet feel the cold, blood vessels in the feet expand, bringing more warm blood to the area, away from the head.  The feet warm-up the cold water in the cotton socks, which evaporates away even faster via “wicking action” of the wool socks.  Evaporation has a cooling effect to the socks in return.  While the socks are warm, vessels in the feet constrict and blood is shunted away.  When the socks have cooled, blood is again sent down to the feet.  In summary, the effect is a reflexive and cyclical pumping of blood to and from the feet.  The result is increased core temperature (fever is our friend!), increased immune cell activity, and decreased congestion in the head and trunk.



Warm your feet first.  This is very important as the treatment will not be as effective and could be harmful if your feet are not warmed first.  Warming can be accomplished by soaking your feet in warm water for at least 5-10 minutes or taking a warm bath.  You can add ginger to the warm bath to increase the heating response.  Warmer is better.  If you take a bath, be careful to keep your hair dry. 

Take a pair of cotton socks and wet them with ice water.  Be sure to wring the socks out thoroughly so they do not drip.  You can plan ahead and put them in the freezer while you prepare the bath.  Or, keep them in ice water until you’re ready, and wring them out before putting them on.  Either way, you want ice-cold, damp cotton socks.

Dry off your feet and body with a dry towel.  Stay in a warm room and avoid getting chilled. 

Put on the socks:  Place cold wet socks on feet.  Cover the wet cotton socks with dry wool socks. 

Go directly to bed, wearing warm pajamas and covering with an extra blanket.  Avoid getting chilled.

Keep the socks on overnight.  You should find that the wet cotton socks will be dry in the morning.  If you wake up in the middle of the night  and they’re dry, you can take them off. 

If you break a sweat, good!  But you don’t want to start shivering.  So, if you wake up drenched in sweat, change out any wet undergarments with dry cotton ones so you can fall asleep again comfortably.  You may repeat the procedure again, even in the middle of the night. 

It is actually best to keep the bedroom window cracked open while you sleep. Outdoor air is almost always fresher than indoor air.  But, it is not recommended that it blow on on your face.