The Secret Migraine Home Remedy!

The Naturopathic Migraine Stopping Home Remedy Secret

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This one’s a crowd pleaser:  One of the foundational modalities of Naturopathic medicine has always been Hydrotherapy.  From turn of the century health sanitariums promoting hot-and-cold baths, to the healing waters of natural springs – using water to heal is as old as medicine itself.

One Hydrotherapy technique that has stood the test of time is the Wet Socks Treatment.

“Wet What?!” you gasp.  Yes, “Wet Socks!”

Phoenix Naturopath Socks it to Migraine Pain

The Wet Socks treatment is a simple home remedy for treating Migraine Pain.  Here’s how you do it.  At the very first sign of a Migraine coming on:

Take 2 pairs of socks.  It works best if one is a thin cotton sock and one is thicker wool, but any socks will do really.

Wet the thin pair of socks with tap water.  (some people recommend cold water but I do not.  Use room temp).  Then wring the wet pair of socks out so that they are damp, but not dripping all over the floor.

Put the wet pair of socks on your feet.  (Yuck! This will feel pretty gross!) 

Next, put the dry, preferably thicker, pair of socks on over the wet ones.

Now, jump into bed!  (Best to put a towel down under your feet so the dampness doesn’t seep through onto your sheets)

If you lay pretty still the wet feeling will fade into the background and beleive-it-or-not, most people report a very deep night’s sleep.

Here’s Why it Works:

As you sleep, your body is going to want to get rid of that wet irritant is senses on your feet. So all night long it’s going to be shunting blood and lymph from the upper part of your body down to the lower parts – to raise the temperature of your feet and dry them.  When you wake up, both pair of socks should be totally dry and your head should be a whole lot lighter and clearer!

I usually tell my patients to do the Wet Socks treatment for a few nights in a row and then take a few nights off.  Repeat for a couple of rounds if needed.

Not for Everyone

Now, because this is the internet, I have to just add a few words of caution before a viral Wet Socks craze sweeps the nation:

This home remedy is not for everyone and it’s not a cure for sinus infections.  If you have a foot problem, either pain, inflammation or infection, I would not recommend this.  This is also not advised for people who are very weak or deficient – either with long term illness, heart disease, recovering from cancer, children or the elderly or just a more fragile constitution.  If you have any questions what-so-ever that means it’s not for you until you get cleared by your personal physician.

But for otherwise healthy adults, the famous Wet Socks treatment can be a magic non-drug answer for annoying sinus congestion.

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If you give it a try, please let me know

Run!…….Hide!…….It’s…It’s….Vitamins!!!!!

Who will save us?Scary Vitamins

It seems like it’s open season on vitamins.  Every one from the New York Times to the esteemed Annals of Internal Medicine are sounding the alarm that vitamins are at best a waste of money and more likely the ultimate downfall of the human race.  It seems we do this dance about once a year and it truly gets my conspiracy theorist brain to wondering if there are larger interests beyond public service behind these annual attacks on the supplement industry.

But are they right?

Conspiracy theories aside let’s look at the merit of their arguments and not just knee-jerk our response.  Most of the criticisms I read were for multi-vitamin/muli-mineral formulas.  Personally, in my career I’ve found very little use for mult-vitamins.  Aside from my patients who were either pregnant, elderly or college kids living on dorm food I rarely put people on multi-vitamins.   I personally don’t take a mulit.  I always felt that if I didn’t take a multi I became more aware of my diet – I had to think; “Did I get enough B’s today?”,  “Have I eaten anything with Vitamin E in it today?”.   And let’s face it, there’ s no comparison between the nutritional value of getting your vitamins from food and getting them from a pill.  So, I’m not about to put up some huge defense for mulit-vitamins.

The other often targeted supplement in St. John’s Wort.   When will they get off this St. John’s Wort kick?  Anytime someone wants to criticize supplements in general they single out St. John’s Wort.  Well, St. John’s Wort is a messy herb: It interferes with a ton of medications – including birth control pills and it can be very tricky to prescribe properly.   Don’t get me wrong, St. John’s Wort can be a great herbal medicine when prescribe correctly.  It’s just not the kind of thing you start taking because you read about it in Oprah.

Maybe the real message to take from all these criticisms of the supplement industry is that instead of dismissing supplements as altogether worthless we need to treat the subject of Natural Health with a greater degree of respect;  Should we really be getting our medical advice from the health food store clerk who often has less training then your Starbucks Barista?

Perhaps instead of dismissing supplements en masse we can be a bit more discriminating and realize that for the right patient they can be life saving while for the wrong patient they are pretty useless – much like pharmaceuticals.  Does the conventional medical establishment only have the broadest brushes to paint with? Can we ask them to have just a bit more refinement in their evaluation of such a huge subject.

Today, like every day, I will be prescribing “supplements”, or what we around here like to call  “Natural Medicines” for people who really need them;  People who have experienced phenomenal health improvements, recovery from illness and new leases on life through the use of Natural Supplements.  Supplements prescribed by their doctor – not by the kid from Sprouts.

So let’s not get too upset about this recent spate of supplement bashing.  They are not completely wrong.  But my friends in the conventional medical community, may I ask that you be just a bit more scientific in your approach to such an important subject?

Yours in Health,

 

Steven Ehrlich, NMD