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Foot Hydrotherapy
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

A more simple treatment than constitutional hydrotherapy, foot hydrotherapy helps to relieve respiratory congestion, headaches, and insomnia.

Frequency of Treatment

Acute conditions: one to two times daily

Chronic conditions: once daily


  1. Sit on a chair or a couch and place both feet in a bucket of warm water (make sure it is tolerable, if for a child) for five to ten minutes.
  1. Remove your feet from the water and dry them.
  1. Put on a pair of cotton socks that had been placed in cold water and wrung out.
  1. Cover with a pair of wool socks (or cotton, if wool is not available).
  1. Leave the socks on for a half hour or longer. You should be resting now and can even go to sleep with the socks on.

Comment: The foot hydrotherapy works by diverting blood flow to the feet and away from the upper body, thus reducing congestion

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