Is it a sunnah to pour cold water on the legs and feet after having a bath? They say it is useful to health and a sunnah; is it true?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

There is some information that it is useful to health to pour cold water on the legs and feet. As a matter of fact, it is good for headache to pour cold water on the feet and even the legs after having a bath with hot water. The hadith regarding the issue is as follows:  

“It eliminates headache to wash the feet with cold water while going out of the bathroom.” (Abu Nuaym; Mukhtarul-Ahadith, p. 101)

When one has a bath with hot water and when he stays in the bathroom for a long time, the blood may accumulate in the feet and legs, and the blood going to the brain may decrease. In that case, pouring cold water on the feet will enable more blood to go to the brain. This will ease a person and eliminate the headache if it has occurred.   

We think medical research will show the benefits of this advice of the Prophet (pbuh).

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