Mud baths have been known and used for centuries, but the logic behind it is not entirely known. The health benefits of mud baths are so amazing, not easy to guess.
In General, bath therapies raises skin temperature, has an effect on cardiovascular systems, water-electrolyte balance, neurotransmission (central nervous system, neural conductibility), the immune system, enzyme activation, and metabolism, according to scientific research.
By reducing pain and functional limitations and enhancing quality of life for patients, the mud-pack therapy, bath therapy, mud-bath therapy, and SPA therapy have been shown to be effective in the treatment and in preventing progression of the disease and the onset of disability (secondary prevention) of knee osteoarthritis.
With respect to mud bath, a research looked at the total Fe, Cu, and Cr content of a mud in an attempt to see if the water and mud from Romania’s Salt Lake had any medicinal potential.
Remarkably, the findings confirm the existence of ionic exchange between therapeutic mud and the human body at the epithelial level.
What is Mud?
Mud is a combination of inorganic and organic debris with water that has undergone geological and biological processes under the influence of many physicochemical factors, according to a widely recognized definition.
Health Benefits of Mud Baths
1. Treatment or Prevention of Osteoarthritis
Since antiquity, mud bath therapy has been used to treat and prevent osteoarthritis.
Mud treatment can successfully relieve pain and improve joint function of Knee osteoarthritis, according to the findings of a meta-analysis.
Therapy of knee osteoarthritis is based on pharmacological and nonpharmacological measures.
In osteoarthritis, the biological effects of mud bath treatment are mostly secondary to thermal and chemical stimulation. The skin, muscles, and subcutaneous tissue all get hotter, and there is a corresponding decline in muscular tone, which is the hallmark of the thermal effects.
2. Treatment of Skin Problems
3. Removes Toxins from the Body
According to one study, clay particles can stick to the skin and cause any potentially dangerous substances or toxins consumed or produced by the body to be removed or excreted.
4. Reduces Inflammation
Its therapeutic advantages and effects on inflammatory mediators (interleukins), the immunological system, cenesthesia factors (endorphins), and the diencephalic–pituitary–adrenal axis have all been established in several research.
Additionally, animal trial found that mud-bath treatments had an anti-inflammatory impact on mice with inflammatory arthritis.
4 important lessons before you take a mud bath
- Don’t get mud inside eyes, ears, mouth and nostrils.
- Don’t get a mud bath if you have a cut or open wound (irrespective of the fact that mud baths are typically safe).
- Don’t stay or soak in the mud for more than 15mins, take few minutes out to allow the skin to absorb the minerals from the mud.
- Don’t forget to thoroughly rinse off mud, don’t bath with too cold water or use shower gel/soap (it will reduce the effect of the mud on the skin).