When you think about Tibet, you think about spiritual people, who practice the arts of meditation, enlightenment, patience, and wisdom to name a few. Along with these practices, they developed the Tibetan foot soak, which is used to assist with numerous health conditions.
For those fascinated with alternative medicine and therapies, this post will dive deep into Tibetan foot soaks and why people love them.
What are Tibetan foot soaks used for?
Tibetan foot soaks has a deep-rooted history, just as some other forms of alternative medicines and health practices like chiropractic for instance.
Today it is still recommended as a very beneficial treatment for your health, as it is known to treat a variety of health-related conditions, including but not limited to the following:
- Skin conditions
- Blood pressure
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Improved metabolism
Those are just some of the benefits of enjoying a Tibetan Foot Soak. We will discuss some of these health conditions a bit later in this post as well as how the foot soaks help to improve the patient’s condition.
What makes the feet so important?
To understand how Tibetan foot soaks work, we need to understand the anatomy of the feet and how it connects to our internal organs. Just like acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments, all of these bear things in common and that is to help the body function at its best without the use of pharmaceutical medications.
All our nerves from the central nervous system connects at the bottom of our feet. Our feet are not only important to aid walking, but also plays a role related to the nervous system and our internal organs.
Just like when acupuncture is used on certain nerve points of the body, the foot soaks along with the herbs and oils help to ease the body and muscles as it is absorbed through the feet.
In ancient Chinese medicine and beliefs, it describes the human body as being a tree where the feet are the roots, the arms branches, and the torso the trunk. Just as an old tree will start to wither away at the roots, when observing geriatric patients, they start to feel the health effects in their feet.
Taking care of your feet
While it’s easy to take the feet for granted, the truth is, keeping your feet in healthy, good condition will greatly aid better body functions. This is especially due to the fact that the feet connects to all the major nerves within the CNS (Central Nervous System).
Part of foot maintenance for good health includes some of the following:
- Foot massages
- Foot exercises
- Herbal foot soaks such as seen in Tibetan foot soaks
Practitioners claim that Tibetan foot soaks can help rejuvenate:
- Teeth and sinuses
- Small intestine
- Lungs and chest
- Head and the brain
- Sciatic nerve
How does Tibetan foot soaks work?
It’s important to bear in mind that Tibet is a very cold region in general and thus other plant species and herbs grow and thrive in that cold environment. A Tibetan foot soak will contain these special herbs and oils to help treat a variety of health disorders including headaches, pain, diarrhea, stomach problems, and the immune system to name just a few.
The soaks use hot water as these will help with blood circulation while energizing the body during the process. The hot water is always replenished throughout the duration of the soak. The skin will absorb the extracts from the herbs and oils into the body.
This process will restore circulation and overall health conditions of the body. It is also perfect for people who suffered injury and are not as mobile during their recovery. The soaks raise the heartbeat a bit and would let the body react a little in the way it would during exercise.
Sweat factor during soaks
When the body’s energy flows, it helps to distribute the benefits of the herbs in the water. Some people sweat soon after they begin their foot soak and others not. However, most professionals would advice that if the person sweats too much that they remove their feet and relax because too much sweat uses up that good energy.
Most soak durations are around 20 to 30 minutes at most and times may vary to treat different chronic conditions. Some patients may feel lightheaded and must thus remove their feet from the basin and relax as well as hydrate.
What to expect when going for a Tibetan foot soak treatment?
A herbalist will prepare the herbs that are used in the foot soak. Professionals will customize their patient’s soaks to treat specific health concerns. In this way, it is directly targeted to the right source whether it be pain management or to lower high blood pressure.
Water temperatures are usually between 105 and 113 degrees Celsius, however, for some people, it’s uncomfortable to bear these extremely hot temperatures. In this case, the soak can start from a lower temperature and gradually get to the higher temperature as you continue.
As mentioned earlier in this post, foot soaks is generally around 20 minutes, but some people can manage to soak their feet up to 40 minutes.
Herbs used in Tibetan foot soak
There are several herbs used and all of them play their very own role in improving the health of the individual. Some of the herbs include the following:
- Hong Hong Hua (Safflower) – packed with antioxidants and the potential to lower cholesterol
- Hong Jin Tian (Rhodiola) – helps to revitalize Qi (energy) in the body
- Qiang Huo (root of Notopterygium) – helps relieve pain and rheumatic conditions
- Gan Jiang (dried ginger) – improves respiration and protects the stomach lining
- Zang Chang Pu (Sweetflag Rhizome) – helps the body to absorb nutrients and has antibacterial properties
- Ku Shen (Root of light yellow Sophora) – natural diuretic and anti-parasitic
Benefits of Tibetan herb foot soaks
The ancient arts of Tibetan medicine has several benefits on the human body, here are some of those essential and amazing advantages of having Tibetan foot soaks:
Reduces chronic cold feet
When blood circulation is improved, chronic cold feet and hands sufferers can benefit from the soak as it stimulates blood flow.
Toxins inside the body are expelled through perspiration and during a foot soak, the people often experience sweating. Due to the uplifting state of the individual, it results being able to sleep better.
The antioxidant that’s absorbed into the skin helps the immune system to become stronger. Some herbs have antibacterial properties that benefit the body by flushing out bad bacteria and promoting the good flora.
Some of the herbs used in Tibetan soaks are known to reduce pain even that caused by arthritis. It is naturally packed with anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and soothes pain.
Chronic stomach inflammation
The meridian points under the feet connect to the stomach and for this reason, it can help alleviate stomach problems including that of inflammation, cramps as well as improving digestion. The ginger used in the combination of herbs helps to reduce inflammation.
The process aids to improve energy levels and helps ignite the flow of energy with the herbs combined with the hot water temperatures. This helps the body to feel revitalized and energized as well as relaxed and stress-free.
Tibetan soaks also help with:
- Soothing menstrual cramps
- Purifying the skin because it’s full of antioxidants
- Improves blood pressure
- Improves blood circulation
- Chronic cold hands and feet
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Anxiety and stress
These herbal enriched medicinal foot soaks are great for anyone who wants to improve their health and maintain wellness. Because of its relaxing abilities, patients who suffer from stress can greatly enjoy this alternative means of healing. People who suffer from high blood pressure, fatigue, and tension can also benefit from these foot soaks.
Stress can deplete one’s energy and opens up the body to the impact of negative health issues because when the body isn’t functioning at its optimum the immune system is weaker.
Finding ways to help the body function at its best without resorting to OTC medication and other harmful treatments that may cause terrible side effects is very important.
Tibetan foot soaks have helped many patients improve their health by only making use of ingredients sourced by nature itself. People also find ways to relax by simply trying to breathe better, meditate, and enjoy their favourite hobbies to pass time.
Have you tried an alternative treatment for your health conditions? Chiropractic has shown to help with a variety of health conditions and if you combined chiropractic into your lifestyle along with healthy Tibetan foot soaks, exercise, and a balanced diet, you can be on your way to a healthier you!