For thousands of years, human beings from various cultures and countries are using mud baths, mud packs, or mud wraps for healing purpose. Does this traditional healing method have any scientific basis? In other words, can you actually heal by using mud bath, mud packs, and mud wraps?
The proponents of mud baths claim that mud baths, mud wraps or mud packs can cure various diseases like digestive disorders (constipation, upset stomach, gastritis), skin diseases (eczema, psoriasis), joint pain (arthritis, gout), mental disorders (depression, anxiety, mania), muscle spasm/cramps, etc.
Treatment with mud is not available in hospitals and clinics or by certified medical practitioners. Mud therapy is basically offered by spas and health resorts, and one of the expensive treatment methods. This makes us doubtful about whether mud actually has healing properties.
Well, science has also taken some interest in finding whether mud has any therapeutic value. The preliminary studies reveal that mud wraps, mud baths, or mud packs can actually make you feel relaxed by easing the tension in your mind and body. The preliminary studies also show that mud can actually help you heal joint pains, treat digestive disorders, improve mental health.
Mud therapy or healing with mud works because of the minerals contained in the mud. The minerals enter into our body through skin that not only detoxify the body but also improve bodily systems. How effective is the mud therapy depends on the fact that what’s in the mud. Mud baths, mud wraps, and mud packs are made from mineral water, seaweed, volcanic ash, organic peat, lake mud, saltwater, etc. Each of these content has different effects.
The major benefit of mud baths, mud packs, or mud wraps relief in the muscular tension and soothing the nerves. Clinical trials have established that your body and mind will feel relaxed when you wallow in the mud. Since the mud contains many minerals, mud therapy also has benefits for the skin.
Even though mud baths for health became popular in the last few decades, the history of using mud for therapeutic purpose is very old. Ayurveda, the Indian Medicine system, has numerous mud prescriptions for the treatment of various disease.