You’ve also got a few more things to say to the gentleman who suffers from hot feet, which seems to be worse after he drinks coffee. An obvious suggestion from one reader is to give up the coffee. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, any roasted substance, such as coffee, chocolate etc., heats the blood. They may be countered by eating cooling foods such as cucumber, mushrooms and courgettes. One reader was told by an osteopath to put her feet in ice-cold water for a few minutes, which seemed to do the trick. An ointment that contained cloves, which had been made up by her aromatherapist, relieved the symptoms for another reader. The problem could be caused by a vitamin B5 deficiency, easily remedied by supplements.