If you’ve been to my office, seen my instagram, or even spoken to me lately, you have probably heard about my newest product: Tibetan Foot Soaks. I have been talking about them to everyone, because I am so excited about them! They have so many benefits and healing properties, and I think they are going to be a great asset to many of my treatment plans for a multitude of patients.
This herbal tea for your feet is great for so many conditions. The herbs are absorbed through the feet, bypassing the digestive system. This is beneficial because a weak or compromised digestive system can have trouble absorbing nutrients.
Tibetan Foot Soaks benefit people for a variety of conditions including (but not limited to):
- limb pain
- headaches & migraines
- painful menses
- inflammation caused by gut dysbiosis
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- poor circulation
- hormonal imbalance among other conditions.
Seasons of the Soak The soak works in four stages that correspond with the seasons. The length of time a person spends in a “season” depends on what is happening in the body. The first stage, or season, is Winter. Initially, the soak pulls the energy, or qi, down to the roots (feet) and opens the circulation in your body’s roots. What is physically happening is that the herbs are stimulating microcirculation in the blood vessels in the feet.
In the second stage, Spring, you feel the effects of heat rising up the legs. After you reach this stage, you’ll start to feel pain relief. At first you will feel a warm sensation up to the knees, but as the circulation improves, you will feel warmth through the hips and lower back.
In stage three, or Summer, you’ll feel your heart pumping. This strong movement of blood is what is needed to resolve deeper chronic conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome. When a person with high blood pressure reaches this stage, it is important to exercise caution and do shorter foot soaks.
The fourth and final stage is Autumn. In this stage, the heat reaches the head and stimulates full body sweating. At this stage, aches and pains that come and go improve.
Overall Benefits and Uses Overall, I use and prescribe herbal footsoaks to help people regain their mobility, as achieving smooth flow of qi and blood is the ultimate goal of Chinese medicine treatment. The increased blood circulation in the feet stimulates macrophage cells to clear debris from the vessels creating clear pathways to ease the flow. The newly cleared vessels are then able to transport oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to tissues throughout the body, creating a better environment for healing.
So, how should you use Tibetan herbal footsoaks? Well, that depends on what is going on in your body, but in general I recommend you start with daily soaks for 2 weeks. For severe conditions or long term problems, you may start out doing soaks twice per day, or you may do daily soaks for a longer period of time. Like all herbal prescriptions, a consultation is required to create your custom treatment plan and monitor your progress towards healing.
Warning: These soaks are not appropriate for anything that can be worsened by increasing blood circulation, like metastatic cancer or the common cold. They should also not be used by pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding.