If you are suffering from cough, you may get used to rub some amount of Vick’s VapoRub on your chest. Nonetheless, have you been informed that it may also function when rubbed on your feet?
As Joe Graedon, M.S. of the People’s Pharmacy has explained, Vicks may actually work in order to suppress cough when applied to the feet because the soles of the feet are loaded with sensory nerves.
When Vicks is applied to the feet, the sensory nerves are being stimulated and a message is being sent to the spinal cord up to the brain in order to calm down the cough. Graedon provides the caveat that his explanation is only a theory.
These days, there are still no scientific studies which proves as to why or if Vicks really works when applied to the feet, though numerous people on the People’s Pharmacy and elsewhere on the internet have already try and tested this kind of remedy.
Graedon’s theory follows the logic of Spirituality Health, which claims that, a foot massage can actually work effectively for cough. According to the website, massage the whole foot with warm sesame oil, starting around the ball of the foot and working all the way from the heels to the toes, can become a powerful protection against cold and cough.
The science behind both of Spirituality Health and Graedon’s claims lie in the practice of reflexology, where in the pressure that is being applied targets the pressure points in the feet in order to treat the symptoms anywhere else in the body.
Reflexology and Health identifies the pads below the toes and the area directly under the ball of the foot as spaces that, when being massaged, can actually suppress cough. In order to know and learn how to use reflexology in treating cough and other symptoms, watch the YouTube video that was attached below.
Even though a lot of people have already success in treating cough with the help of Vicks on their feet, just as many people have exposed the home remedy. In an article for Parents Magazine, for an instance, Dr. Satya D. Narisety has said that Vicks functions due to the menthol scent tricks the brain into thinking that the nasal and upper airways are open.
According to him, Vicks on the feet only acts when you can actually smell the menthol and it is made more effective when the scent has been made stronger by being placed closer to the nose. This is the reason why it is conventionally suggested to rub Vicks on the chest, where the scent it noticeable at a safe distance from both of nose and mouth.
There is only one and only way in order to know whether this home remedy really works or not. Try it yourself!