A clay pack is very beneficial in diseases like constipation, gastritis, fever, boils, swelling, intestinal ulcer, etc. Clay of any color can be used, provided it does not contain any harmful materials or chemicals. If the mud is loamy and has a tendency to stick to the skin, some fine sand can be mixed with it.
Clay pack (Mud pack)
Requirements for clay pack Clay, a piece of fine cloth like muslin and woolen cloth
Method of clay pack
1. Take clay from about four inches below the surface of the earth. Ensure that the clay does not contain any impurities, like compost or pebbles. If there are any pebbles, grind the clay and pass it through a sieve.
2. Mix it with cold water and see that it has a consistency like soft dough. It should stick and not be thin enough to slide down when used in the pack.
3. If the pack is to be applied on the abdomen (from the navel to the pubes) spread the mud evenly on a piece of cloth. See that it is about half an inch thick. Then place it gently with the cloth up and the mud touching the skin.
4. Remove the cloth and place a thick woolen piece of cloth on the mud. You may even let the cotton cloth remain over the mud, but cover it with a thick woolen.
5. The mud pack should be used for 20 to 30 minutes. After it is removed, clean the skin using a soft piece of cloth dipped in cold water.
When the patient is covered with woolen cloth, a warming effect is developed. If the aim of the mud bath is to cool the part or reduce the temperature of the body, the clay should be left uncovered. But if a warming effect is desired, it should be covered with woolen cloth.
When clay has been used for its cooling effect, the part to which it has been applied should first be wiped clean with a piece of cloth, and then brought to normal temperature by a dry rubbing with the palms. If it has been used for warming the part, the part should be wiped clean with cloth wrung in cold water.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.