Mud. Truth and fiction

About the benefits of therapeutic mud goes a lot of conversations, some people consider them to be almost a panacea for all ills, forgetting that every medical procedure has its own indications and contraindications.

The use of muds for therapeutic purposes began in Ancient Egypt when silt a sacred silt were healed of different ailments. Since then, people learned a lot about the nature of therapeutic mud and the principles of their effects on the body, and the mud treatment was allocated in a special kind of medical therapy.

In scientific language are called mud Meloidae, and their use – peloid therapy. Source useful for body muds can be precipitation of the various ponds, peat bogs, mud volcanoes and other natural geological formations. From the usual mud treatment is characterized by the presence in it of mineral and organic substances which cause active influence on the body.

As a rule, the formation of therapeutic mud occurs in nature for many years under the influence of geological and climatic processes with the direct participation of microorganisms. As a result, in this homogeneous plastic mass, accumulate compounds of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, iron and other substances.

The therapeutic effect of mud

The application of therapeutic mud is based on several effects that have proven beneficial effects on the human body. Thermal effect, which consists in a gradual heating of the deep tissues of the body, due to the high heat capacity and low thermal peloids. To use this effect mud before applying to the body or its separate sections are heated. Mechanical influence of therapeutic muds involves the friction contained in the mixture of particles on human skin. Thus the stimulation of the receptor apparatus of the skin and there is the difference of electric potentials, which also has a therapeutic effect. Finally, the main effect of most of the experts called chemical when contained in mud substances enter the human body.

It is believed that when applying mud to the skin first activated the neuro-reflex processes, that is, there is irritation of the nerve receptors of the skin, which stimulates the centers of the nervous system and influences the restructuring of metabolism in the body. Then the processes enter into the neuro-chemical phase, when contained in a therapeutic mud substances penetrate the bloodstream and affect various organs and systems of the person.

All this makes the mud an effective means to combat diseases of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine and nervous system, respiratory and digestive system, gynecological diseases and infertility in men. The most effective is the use of muds in rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthritis, diseases of the joints, sciatica. In other cases, the mud used as additional therapy. In addition, depending on the composition of mud have strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties that is used to treat skin diseases.

Contraindications of mud therapy

Any medical procedure needs to be prescribed by a doctor, because it has its contraindications. Mud therapy in this sense is no exception to the rule. The adverse effects of mud on the body, primarily due to the peculiarities of the procedure. Since the therapeutic effect is associated with a deep warming of body tissues, to use the mud when the body of any infectious processes. In this case, the infection may become active and the effect will be counterproductive.

Also mud is not applied in case of serious diseases of the vascular system and expressed abnormalities of the heart, in the case of infectious skin lesions. Not recommended similar therapy and pregnant women because it can lead to violations of gestation.

Mud resorts

In European countries their mud resorts are in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, France, Czech Republic and in other countries. There are sanatoriums and equipped hospitals in the former republics of the Soviet Union. In Russia the most well-known resorts, which is practiced mud therapy, are Essentuki, siwash lake Ulgy, Elton, bear, Turnip, and others.

Mud treatment at the resorts of Caucasian Mineral Waters

The main supplier of therapeutic mud for resorts in Essentuki, Zheleznovodsk, Pyatigorsk, Kislovodsk and other resorts of the Stavropol territory is Tambukan lake, located in the vicinity of Pyatigorsk. Sulphide silt mud of Tambukan used in medical and cosmetic purposes since 1886. In this mud contains guminovye acids, amino acids, bitumens, resinous substances and has low solubility compounds salts and minerals the clay origin. On the curative properties of the mud from lake Tambukan is not inferior mud from the Dead sea, which is confirmed by the export tambukansky dirt in hospitals around the world.

Tambukansky dirt has a pronounced analgesic and anti-edema effect, improves the nutrition of tissues and their regeneration, improves muscle tone, restores physical activity. She also has a rejuvenating and cleansing effect and is used for the normalization of metabolic processes.

Mud therapy resort siwash

The Sivash, or Rotten sea is a Bay on the West of the sea of Azov, which separates the Crimean Peninsula from the mainland. The bottom of the Sivash covered with sulphide silt mud, the deposits of which in these places people knew from ancient times. So, in translation from Crimean Tatar language the name of the lake means “mud”.

Sivashskaya mud is used for treatment of locomotor apparatus, diseases of joints, bone and muscle tissue. They are also used as adjuvant therapy for the treatment of hypertension, cardiovascular zabolevaniy, chronic bronchitis, skin and gynecological diseases.

Mud in lake El’ton

Salty closed lake Elton is situated in the Volgograd region near the border with Kazakhstan. This lake is considered one of the most mineralized in the world. It’s filled with brine and the amount of salt exceeds the Dead sea in half. At the bottom of Elton under saliem salts is the hydrogen sulfide layer of mineral mud.

The mud and brine of lake Elton is applied for the treatment of diseases of the peripheral nervous system, musculoskeletal system, digestive system and other diseases. Mud cure and Spa resort of the same name operates on the lake for over a hundred years.

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