In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the feet are very important, as many circulatory systems pass through and intercept here.
If you are anemic, for example, your complexion is pale, and your circulation is weak; soaking your feet before bed will help to turn things around. A 20-minute foot soaking in very warm water activates the flow of blood, and dissolves blockages and residues in the system—clearing the kidneys, liver, and spleen.
Safflower added to the water will increase circulation, alleviating pain, and reducing bruising. And wormwood leaf added to the water will dispel coldness and dampness.
Soak your feet all year round and travel well through the seasons
- In spring, it open the energy channels and yang meridians.
- In summer, it removes dampness and heat.
- In autumn, it helps to cleanse the intestines and moistens the lungs.
- In winter, it warms the “dantian,” the body’s energy center, or elixir field.
Research by Helen, edited by Chani.