Mud corresponds to the Earth element of the five elements, which the universe is made up of. It has been in use since ages for curing many diseases. It is discovered that mud refreshes and rejuvenates the entire body, warding off lethargy. It is even considered very beneficial for healing wounds and skin diseases. Men can draw vital energy and strength by walking bare foot on the ground. Mud therapy includes mud pack and mud bath.
Moistened mud is being widely used for the treatment of various
diseases. The advantages of the mud pack include retention of moisture
and the prolonged coolness as compared to other packs. The cool moisture
of the pack relaxes the pores of the skin, draws the blood to the
surface, relieves inner congestion, promotes heat radiation and
eliminates morbid matter. The mud used for pack is obtained from a
considerable depth below the earth surface, to ensure there are no
impurities present in it, such as pebbles and compost.
Then a smooth paste of the clay is made with warm water. It is cooled
and spread over a strip of cloth. This mud bandage is placed on the body
and covered with protective material like flannel. It is kept for 10 to
30 minutes. The Mud pack is very effective in lessening the external
heat, breaking up morbid matter, relieves from the inactivity of labor
pain etc. However, before the application of mud pack, fomentation is
done for five to ten minutes.
Mud bath is another form of mud therapy. It is similar to mud pack, but
applied to a large portion of the body. The clay is first grounded and
then sifted to remove impurities and then made into a smooth paste with
warm water. The paste is spread on a sheet and wrapped around the body.
It is then covered with one or two blankets. The mud bath is followed by
cleansing bath by a hot water shower and then a cold water shower.
The bath tones up the skin and reenergizes the skin tissues, by
improving blood circulation. The duration of the bath lasts from 30
minutes to one hour. Mud baths are also considered vital for the natural
beauty treatment. However, caution should be exercised while applying
the mud bath, as the patient might catch cold. These baths are very
beneficial as they enliven the body from within, providing it cool and