Using herbs such as ginger, guise leaves, wormwood… with salt and warm water of 30-35 degrees to soak your feet to help warm up the body, stimulate the circulatory, digestive, nervous systems, and boost immunity.
Specialist 2 Huynh Tan Vu (Head of the Day Treatment Unit, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital 3) said that oriental medicine believes that the foot is the root of the body, a collection of 6 meridians and many important acupoints. Feet are in direct contact with the ground every day, through the skin of the feet, toxins and bacteria can attack the body.
“The feet are considered the ‘second heart’ because the brain and other organs in the body each have their own reflection zone on them,” the doctor said.
During the cold season, many people suffer from cold feet, the blood vessels in the hands and feet constrict, reducing blood circulation.
“The reduced heat causes cold hands and feet, painful joints in the extremities. Soaking your feet in warm herbal water for a period of 10 to 15 minutes reduces joint pain, blood circulation, warms your feet, helps you sleep easily. and sleep well,” said Dr. Vu.
When soaked, the medicinal water will have an impact on the viscera, causing reflexes to stimulate, cause excitement and improve the functioning of the viscera. According to Dr. Vu, there are two best ways to take care of your feet: massage and foot bath.
Herbal foot bath belongs to the external cure of Eastern Medicine. This is a method of using herbs with essential oils that have the effect of leprosy (repelling the wind), minus (except for moisture), blood circulation, inflammation, and meridian circulation. .. Besides the warming effect, foot bath helps to stimulate the circulatory, digestive, nervous systems, strengthen the immune system, increase metabolism, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress and regulate the body. Not only that, the foot bath helps to free the body from pain caused by muscle contraction, stiffness, impact on the outside parts of the body such as skin, muscle tendons to prevent and cure diseases.
Herbs commonly used in foot baths are warm, essential oils, with vasodilator properties: ginger, guise leaves, lemongrass, cinnamon, wormwood, millennium, membranaceus, great compassion.. Add a pinch of salt.
Doctor Vu noted that when soaking your feet, you should not suddenly immerse your feet in too high a water temperature, while the body and the weather are very cold, which will easily lead to the risk of heat stroke. Blood vessels under great pressure in a short time can easily lead to bulge, rupture… In addition, the water temperature is too high, increasing the risk of burns and damaged skin.
“The appropriate temperature for a safe foot bath is about 35-50 degrees Celsius. Do not put your feet in the water right away, but leave them a little bit away from the water surface (sauna first) and then slowly lower your feet. about 15-20 minutes. Soak 1-2 times a day. Soaking before going to bed will help you sleep well,” Dr. Vu recommended.
To ensure safety, after soaking your feet, people need to quickly dry their feet and warm them in a blanket to avoid cold. Do not soak feet in cases such as acute inflammation and acute injuries, infected wounds, open wounds; arterial or venous occlusion in patients with diabetes; malignant tumors, advanced tuberculosis; drunk people… Be careful with cases like children, mental patients…
According to Dr. Vu, if after soaking, combined with acupressure massage in the foot area, it will help increase the effectiveness. If you feel the body is warm and a little sweaty, it means it is working. Besides, after soaking your feet, you should drink a cup of hot ginger water to keep your body warm.