Mud Therapy is the therapeutic use of mud in packs or baths. It includes mud, earth, clay, and peat.
The Naturopathy practitioners make extensive use of the Mud in treating various ailments. Mud is supposed to be a rejuvenator of the body and it is often mixed with Chandan (sandalwood powder) for beauty treatment. Mud is best used for the skin therapies. The Mud pack is supposed to calm down the senses and rejuvenate the body and mind. It also helps to reduce wrinkles. The mud retains the moisture of the body, open the pores of the skin to let it breathe, relives internal congestion and pain and promotes elimination of morbid matter.
Mud also helps in clearing the dark spots on the face, is good for patients suffering from heat or heart burn and is used in treating diseases like psoriasis and leucoderma. Even diseases like Rheumatic Pain or the pain caused by injuries can be treated by the Mud Application. It is also used for correcting gastric disturbances. Mahatma Gandhi often used this form of therapy for treating various conditions in his Ashram.
Usually Mud Therapy is done in two ways - Mud Packs and Mud Bath.
The Mud Pack is prepared by the clay obtained from about 5 feet below the surface of earth, after ensuring that it does not contain any composite or any pebbles. The clay is then mixed with water and a paste is made out of it. This when cooled down is spread on a cloth which is then applied as per requirement of the treatment. The pack is applied for 10 to 30 minutes. This mode of treatment is normally adopted in conjunction with a proper scheme of dietary and other natural therapies.
In Mud Bath, the paste of the clay is applied to the entire body. A massage is done and when the clay gets dried up its washed off with cleansing water bath. In another method, the mud paste is spread on a sheet, which in turn is wrapped round the body. One or two blankets are then wrapped over this, is followed with a cleansing warm water bath and a short cold shower depending on the temperature of the room and that of the pack. Mud bath invigorates the circulatory system by diverting a large amount of blood to the periphery and hence useful in cleansing and strengthening the skin tissue. The Mud Bath is useful in getting temporary relief from rheumatic pain or pains caused by injuries or accidents. Usually the duration of the bath is from 20 to 30 minutes.
The Mud Therapy also makes use of the Hot and Cold Mud Therapy. This Therapy is helpful in reliving chronic pains, intestinal cramps and lumbago. Others like amoebiasis, colitis, enteritis and other inflammatory conditions of bacterial origin are also treated by the Hot and Cold Mud Therapy.