Rub VICKS VapoRub on Your FEET and Feel What Happens | Dr. Mandell

The aromatic ointment has been used for decades to help relieve congestion and coughing issues in both children and adults alike. But it seems there’s a better way to use Vicks than the method we’re all used to. More and more enthusiasts of the product are claiming that rubbing Vicks on your feet rather than on your chest is a more effective cough cure and treatment for other cold symptoms. rocter and Gamble, the company that manufactures Vicks VapoRub, recommends that the healing ointment be rubbed lightly on the chest and back for optimal results. However, social media sites and internet message boards are brimming with claims that applying Vicks VapoRub to the soles of the feet and covering the balmed-up tootsies with socks before going to bed is a much more effective way to fight a cough. For example, reflexologists believe that applying pressure to reflexology points located on the ball of the foot can help alleviate problems and illnesses that affect a person’s chest — a cough being a good example. Another common belief regarding the healing powers of the feet is the idea that placing slices of raw onions in your socks can help cure illnesses. The thought behind the old wives tale is that the onion absorbs toxins and disease from the body.

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