Earth is one of five elements having an immense impact on human nature and body. It has been adopted as a classic treatment method in naturopathy (i.e. mud therapy). Mud contains elements of nature with many important minerals that have a positive impact on our holistic health. Mud is capable of absorbing toxins and negative energies from the body that benefits us in the prevention and cure of many psychological and physical conditions. A mudpack as compared to a normal ice pack is advantageous in cold compress as it retains the coolness for a longer time. It is a simple, cost-effective and efficacious treatment helpful in many lifestyle disorders. Mud is used as a medicine for ages as various references are found available in ancient texts indicating its therapeutic uses that are highly useful in the treatment of various disease conditions. It also cools & relaxes the body, mind and soul with its moisture.
Why use mud therapy?
Out of the five constituent elements of our universe mud (earth) plays an important role in our holistic well being. The dark color of mud helps in absorbing light of different colors conveying them to the body, giving it therapeutic properties. Also, its shape and consistency can be modified with ease, just by changing the water content, which makes it easy to use and cost-effective. A mud pack is more effective rather than a cold compress (cold water therapy) in cramps, headaches or muscle and joint pains as it retains the coolness over a longer period. Therefore, the mud pack is recommended whenever a prolonged cold application is required.
Mud therapy is given in two ways: mud packs and mud baths.
Mud packs – It involves the frequent application of mud packs to improve skin complexion, treat acne & spots. It helps in improving patchy skin, stretch marks and helps to reduce toxins effectively. mud packs are generally used for local application. The use of a mudpack is similar for all applications only thickness and size vary as per the usage. To make a mud pack first mix mud in water and let the mix soak for 30 minutes. Now take a thin wet cloth (preferably muslin) and apply the mud evenly on it to form a uniform thin layer of the half to one inch in thickness. Fold and secure all the sides to make it a compact pack.
Mudpack for Eyes: water-soaked mud mix is spread to make a half-inch thick layer. The size of the pack is typically 9 in X 6 in, enough to cover eyes completely. it is placed on the eyes for 20 to 25 minutes. An eye mud pack helps in relaxing the eyes; especially recommended for those with a desk job who require to sit in front of a screen for long duratio
It Therapeutically reduces irritation, itching or other allergic conditions such as conjunctivitis. It also helps in correcting refractive errors in eyes like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and presbyopia (loss of near vision with age). It is also said to be effective in Glaucoma.
Mudpack for Head: A head mud pack is normally a thick 4-inch wide band. It is applied over the forehead and helps to heal migraines, congestive headache and relieves pain and stress immediately.
Mudpack for Face: Refined mud is used for face and a smooth paste is made using cold water. Apply this paste evenly on the face and leave it to dry. After 30 minutes thoroughly wash the face with cold water. It helps in improving the complexion by cleansing, rejuvenating and hydrating the skin. In cases of acne, it helps absorb excess oils and toxins from the skin. It also helps in reducing fine lines, dark spots and dark circles around the eyes.
Mudpack for Abdomen: The size of the abdomen mud pack is generally 10 in X 6 in X 1 in for adults. The mud pack is applied for about 20-30 minutes. The body must be covered with a blanket if applied during the cold weather. An abdomen mud pack helps in all kinds of digestive tract disorders like indigestion and Gastrointestinal Reflux Disorder (GIRD). It is very helpful in decreasing intestinal heat, stimulates peristalsis and improves metabolism.
Benefits of mud packs :
It relaxes the muscles
Improves blood circulation
Improves metabolism having a positive impact on digestion
It is good for skin & hair texture
Relieves pain & inflammation
Loosens stiff joints and blocked viens
its also helpful with cellulite and stretch marks
Mudbath: It involves the application of a special kind of mud rich in natural salts and minerals over the entire body ( except the head). First, the special mud is prepared by mixing water and let it soak for about 20-25 minutes. The mud is then applied to the full body either in sitting or lying down (prone) position. Mud is kept for 45 to 60 minutes and ideally be exposed to sunlight, intermittently to let it absorb toxins from the body and at the same time giving calmness and goodness of sunlight to your body and soul. The head should always be covered while exposing the body to sunlight. Afterward, the person should be thoroughly washed with lukewarm water. the person is dried quickly and transferred to a warm bed. It helps in increasing the blood circulation, energizing and hydrating the skin tissues. It thus helps in improving skin condition and texture. Regular herbal mud packs are considered as natural beauty treatment procedure as it also helps in improving skin complexion, lighten the scar marks and reducing spots and patches.
Despite its therapeutic properties which are very useful in maintaining holistic health, calm soul and glowing skin, the excessive use of face mask applications may lead to over-dryness of the skin. That is why it is essential to keep the pack moistened to avoid excessive dryness and stretching or cracking. Also, the mud must be carefully procured and prepared for obtaining desired results, and its quality must be ensured to avoid any complications.
Benefits of mud therapy
Mud therapy gives coolness and calmness to body, mind, and soul.
The effects of mud are refreshing, invigorating, calming and revitalizing.
For wounds and skin diseases, the application of mud is like a natural bandage.
It dilutes and absorbs the toxins and eliminates the negative energy from our body.
Mud packs are used successfully in lifestyle disorders like constipation, stress, headache due to tension, high blood pressure, Indigestion, muscle pains, muscle cramps, digestive disorders, Sexual disorders, Gastritis, arthritis, migraine, etc.
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it is very helpful in skin diseases like Psoriasis, Urticaria, leucoderma, Leprosy and other skin allergic conditions.
Get a mud therapy done at Dr. Kumar’s lifestyle center, a naturopathy center in Faridabad, that will help you get rid of all toxins from the body and will keep your body temperature balanced and immunity high in all seasons.