Mud is an important elements of nature. It contains important minerals which have positive effects on human health. Mud can absorb toxins from human body there for 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.
Out of the five constituent elements of this universe mud(earth) has a pivotal role to play in our well being. The dark color of mud helps in absorbing different colors and conveying them to the body, giving it therapeutic 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 over a cold compress (cold water therapy) as it retains the coolness over a longer period of time. Therefore, it is recommended whenever a prolonged cold application is required Lastly, it is easly availabale and a cost effective treatment option.
Mud therapy could be used in two forms
Mud packs : This involves frequent application of packs mud. It help in improving skin complexion and acts on skin spots and patches to reduce them.
Mud Baths This involves application of special kind of musd rich in natural salts and mineral over the entire body. Mud baths are useful in many skin diseases such as Psoriasis. Urticaria, eczema etc
Mud packs are typically used for local application.
Mud soaked in water is spread to make a half inch thick layer. 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 conjuctivitis 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.
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
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 throughly 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.
The size of a mud pack for abdomen is generally 10 min X6 in X1 in for adults. The mudpack should be applied for 20-30 minutes. The body and the mudpack should be covered with blanket, if applied during the cold weather. An abdomen mudpack helps in all kinds of indigestion. It is very helpful in decreasing intestinal heat and stimulates peristalsis.
Mud is kept for 45 to 60 minutes and ideally be exposed to sunlight, at least intermittently. Remember that the head should always be covered when exposing the body to sunlight. Afterwards, the person should be throughly 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 complication.