This technique is commonly used to increase blood flow to the feet and help reduce swelling and pain in that area. It is also commonly used with congestion headaches as well as numerous local problems of the feet and legs.

Supplies Needed:

  • Two containers (such as large plastic pails)
  • Thermometer
  • Sheet and/or blanket
  • Cloth for compress if needed


  1. Add hot water (105 to 110°F) to one of the pails. Do not exceed 120°F. Add cold water (45-55°F) to the other pail.
  2. Find a comfortable place to sit. Immerse your feet and legs up to the mid-calf area. Cover yourself with a wool sheet and/or blanket. Leave feet in place for three minutes.
  3. Now immerse your feet in the cold pail for 30 seconds.
  4. Alternate the hot/ cold cycle a total of 3 times. Always finish with the cold.
  5. If you begin sweating, place a cold compress with a washcloth on your forehead.
  6. Dry your feet and legs thoroughly and completely when finished.
  7. If possible, rest for 30 minutes after the procedure with your feet elevated.


Water temperature should NOT exceed 103°F in peripheral vascular disease or in advanced diabetes.

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