People, who practice the earth cure, bury themselves in the earth up to their necks, leave them there for some hours, and then remove them. It is presumed that the body draws unto itself the therapeutic minerals and some of the earth’s magnetism.
Significance of Mud in Mud Therapy
Mud Therapy includes mud bath, mud pack and others. There is an increased use of moistened earth in the treatment of diseases by the nature cure practitioners. This mode of treatment is normally adopted in conjunction with a proper method of dietary and other natural therapies. This mud treatment helps to retain moisture and coolness for longer time span than compared to water packs or compresses. The mud pack relaxes the pores of the skin, draws the blood into the surface, relieves inner blockage and pain, and promotes heat radiation and removal of morbid matter.
A mud pack is prepared with clay obtained from about 10cm below the surface of the earth after ensuring that it does not have any impurities such as compost or pebbles. The clay is then made into a smooth paste with warm water. This is allowed to cool and then spread on a strip of cloth, the size of which may vary according to requirements.
Mud Bath in Mud Therapy
Mud or clay bath is another mode of treatment in mud therapy. The application is in same way as packs, but only on a larger scale on the entire body. In this, mud or clay is made into a smooth paste mixed with hot water. The paste is then spread on a sheet which in turn is wrapped round the body. One or two blankets are then wrapped over this, depending on the temperature of the room and that of the pack. A mud bath is followed with a cleansing warm water bath and a short cold shower. The duration of the bath should be from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Health Benefits of Mud Therapy
The use of mud packs has been found highly beneficial and effective in the treatment of chronic inflammation caused by internal diseases, bruises, sprains, boils and wounds. The other benefits are as follows:
History of Mud Therapy
Benefits of Mud Therapy