Studies have found that mud does have beneficial effects on the human body, more so after sunset. Several naturopaths advocate the use of different kinds of mud to treat a number of skin disorders. In fact, Mahatma Gandhi used to moisten red mud from an anthill and apply it over the forehead of patients suffering from fever to keep their head cool, so as to not allow the fever to affect the brain adversely, thereby preventing delirium and febrile convulsions.
Walking barefooted on dry mud is supposed to stimulate the acupressure points of the soles, and consequently, boost the bodyâ€™s defenses. On the other hand, sleeping on earth is supposed to replenish your energy levels and literally bring you down to earth, so that your body and mind heal through the positive vibrations and electromagnetic forces of our blessed planet. In another peculiar form of treatment that is practiced in many parts of the world, the patient is buried in the earth up to his or her neck for a fixed number of hours regularly till the person heals.
Mud from a place called Multan, referred to as â€˜Multani Mitti,â€™ is used as a face pack for treating acne by soaking in the excessive sebaceous secretions of the facial skin. The ability of mud packs to hold moisture and stay cool for longer makes them more advantageous as compared to ice packs or cold compresses. It is believed that the minerals and the geomagnetism in mud further add to their therapeutic efficacy.
The mud that is used for mud packs and mud baths is acquired by digging to a depth of at least six inches below the surface of the earth. Care is taken to ensure that this mud is devoid of impurities and animal excreta. Warm water is slowly added to the mud and is stirred into a paste. This is then directly applied over the body or is spread of strips of cloth and then placed over affected body parts. It is indeed amazing to see how something as simple as mud can bring about marked improvement in conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and even vitiligo.
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