Mud is an important element of nature and one of the five elements of nature i.e. Earth(Prithvi). The Samkhya school propounded by Rishi Kapila holds the five tanmatras or principle ideas as the essential elements that are the primordial causes of the five substantial elements of physical manifestation. It contains important minerals which have positive effects on human health. Mud can absorb toxins from human body therefore is very useful in preventing many diseases. It is also known for its healing properties. It also helps in cooling and relaxing body as it can hold moisture for a long time.
Benefits of Mud therapy
- It relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation
- It maintains metabolism rendering positive impact on digestion
- It is useful in conditions of inflammation/ swelling and relieves pain
- It is a good hair conditioner and is good for skin
- It is useful in condition of stiff joints
- It enhances face glow and blood circulation in face muscles
- Mud therapy has been found to be effective in treating conjunctivitis, congestion, headaches, skin problems etc.
- Mud therapy helps to cool, relax and refresh.
Why use mud therapy and its properties?
Out of the five constituent elements of this universe mud (earth) has a pivotal role to play in our well being. The dark colour of mud helps in absorbing different colours of light and conveying them to the body, giving it therapeutic properties. It also has anti oxidant and anti septic properties. Also, its shape and consistency may be modified with ease, just by changing the water content, which makes it easy to use. A mud pack is advantageous as it retains the coolness over a longer period of time. It helps to restore PH of the skin. Mud is a natural compound with biological activities and substance exchange properties.
Therefore, it is recommended whenever a prolonged cold application is required. Lastly, it is easily available and a cost effective treatment option for masses specially for Asian and African countries where governments can create a cost effective preventive healthcare system.
Types of Mud
Mud found in different parts of the world has different properties. Mud composition varies with the place of origin. Firstly, mineral constituents of mud vary with the kind of rocks found in the region and the process of soil formation. Secondly, mud property is influenced by kind of flora and fauna of the region. Therefore, it is essential to learn about properties of mud before utilizing it benefits. It is important to note that before using any type of mud it should be dried, powdered and sieved to remove any type of impurities such as stones, grass, etc.
Black mud: Dark cotton soil having some greasiness is suitable for mud therapy as it is rich in minerals and also retains water for long time. It should always be free from contamination and any kind of pollution.
Mud from Dead Sea: Ancient well known beauties like Cleopatra used it for enhancing beauty as black mud of Dead sea has beautifying and therapeutic powers. It is contains more than 20 kinds of salts and minerals including Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium Bromide, Silicates, Natural Tar and organic elements. While these beneficial minerals are useful for healing any kind of skin disorders, the presence of silicates make its masks very beneficial for softening and cleansing skin. The mud enhances blood circulation and leaves the skin with a glow.
Moor Mud: It is mud produced over thousands of years from organic residue of flowers, grasses and herbs. This residue transformed over several years to fine paste which contains fulvic acids, vitamins, amino acids, plant hormones, humic acids in a form which could be easily absorbed by human body. This mud has therapeutic properties and is useful in detoxification, healing, beautification, nourishing human body. The mud has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. It is also useful in conditions such as Arthritis and recovery from injury in sports.
Desert sand/ Beach sand are also have similar benefits.
Mud therapy: How to use guide:
Mud therapy could be used in three forms
Mud Packs: This involves frequent application of packs of mud. It helps in improving skin complexion and acts on skin spots and patches to reduce them.
Mud Baths: This involves application of special kind of mud rich in natural salts and mineral over the entire body (except head). Mud baths are useful in many skin diseases such as Psoriasis, Urticaria, leucoderma.
Burying in the mud (except their face) : This involves digging mud and burying the body inside mud except head and the pressure of mud has healing powers specially for people suffering from polio. The equi-pressure applied on body and t\he movement from mind of t\he body parts helps in more control over body.
Mud packs are typically used for local application. The construct and usage of a mudpack is similar for all applications on the thickness and the size varies as per the usage. To make a mud pack first soak mud in water for 30 minutes. Now take a thin wet muslin cloth and apply mud evenly on the muslin cloth to form a uniform thin layer of half to one inch in thickness. Fold all the sides to make it a compact pack.
Mudpack for Eyes: Mud soaked in water is spread to make a half inch thick layer. The pack is typically 9 in X 6 in, enough to cover eyes completely. it is placed on the eyes for 20 to 30 minutes. An eye mud pack helps in relaxing the eyes; especially good for those who require to sit in front of a computer for long hours.
Therapeutically, it reduces irritation, itching or other allergic conditions such as conjunctivitis and hemorrhage of the eye ball. It also helps in correcting refractive errors like short/long sightedness. It is effective in Glaucoma, where it works to reduce the eye ball tension.
Mudpack for Head: A head mud pack is normally a thick narrow band. It is applied over the fore head and helps to heal congestive headache relieves pain immediately.
Mudpack for Face: Fine mud is used for face and a smooth paste is first made using cold water. Apply this paste evenly on the face and leave if to dry for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes one must thoroughly wash the face with cold water. It helps in improving the complexion of the skin. In cases of acne it helps by absorbing excess oils and toxins from the skin. It also helps in reducing dark circles around the eyes.
Mudpack for Abdomen: The size of a mud pack for abdomen is generally 10 in X 6 in X 1 in for adults. The mud pack should be applied for 20-30 minutes. The body and the mud pack should be covered with blanket, if applied during the cold weather. An abdomen mud pack helps in all kinds of indigestion. It is very helpful in decreasing intestinal heat and stimulates peristalsis.
Note: the size of the pack depends on the belly size and should cover the entire belly.
First the mud is prepared by soaking it in water. The mud is then applied to the full body either in sitting or lying down position. Mud is kept for 45 to 60 minutes and ideally be exposed to sun light, at least intermittently. Remember that the head should always be covered when exposing the body to sunlight. Afterwards, the person should be thoroughly washed with cold to luke warm water. Dry the person quickly and transfer to a warm bed. A mud bath helps in increasing the blood circulation and energizing the skin tissues. It thus helps in cleansing and improving the skin condition generally. Regular mud baths may be considered as natural beauty treatment procedure as it also helps in improving skin complexion and reducing spots and patches, possibly the result of some skin disorder like chickenpox or small pox. Mud baths are useful in many skin diseases such as Psoriasis, Urticaria, leucoderma, Leprosy and other skin allergic conditions.
Despite therapeutic properties of mud which are very useful in maintaining good health and glowing skin, the over-use of mask applications may lead to excessive drying of the skin. Therefore it is essential to keep the pack moistened to avoid excessive dryness and stretching. Also, the mud must be carefully chosen for obtaining desired results, and its quality must be ensured to avoid any complications.
First dig the ground and lie down on the hole. Cover the whole body with the mud while keeping the head above ground/sand. Now try to close eyes and move the hands/legs by concentrating on the hand/legs. Due to the effort to move the body part, equal pressure is applied at molecular level which has therapeutic effects.
Do not Re-use the mud once used for therapy
Do not sit under fan or AC
Mud should not be contaminated and should be bought from naturopathy stores or from forest If you have cold or fever, mud therapy should be avoided
If you have cold or fever, mud therapy should be avoided
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