Mud Packs Ease Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Mud packs applied to the knee help to alleviate symptoms of arthritis. What makes mud packs so effective. Other conditions you can use mud packs for.
The American Indians have a long history of using the healing powers of leaves, herbs, air and the earth. There is documentation attesting to the fact that sufferers of various diseases were buried in the earth up to their necks and left for hours to heal. American Indians believed that the body can draw all kinds of healing minerals and even some of the earth’s magnetism from the ground. Clinical research is starting to back up the healing properties of mud when it comes to modern-day health complaints. In one clinical trial, researchers set out to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment with a mud pack in knee osteoarthritis (OA). Specifically, they wanted to determine whether mud pack use affects serum levels of YKL-40 and C-reactive protein (CRP), which are reported to be biological markers for articular damage or inflammation in patients with OA.
Forty-four patients with knee OA were divided into two groups and treated with either a natural mineral-rich mud pack or hot pack. Treatments were applied for six days a week for two weeks.
The research team found that pain intensity and joint stiffness decreased in both groups at all follow-ups. However, only mud pack therapy was shown to be effective over time, recording improvements in knee function at the three-month mark. In contrast, the hot pack group showed increased serum YKL-40 levels three months after the treatment. The researchers concluded that mud pack therapy seems to slow down the progression of knee OA.
Mud that is used for therapeutic purposes tends to be brown in color and warm to the touch with little or no smell. It is usually composed of a complex, biologically active mixture of both organic and inorganic substances. Therapeutic mud is divided into three distinct compounds: clay and mineral salts; liquid from the thermal water; and organic matter and bacteria. It is these substances that could have the power to exert physical, chemical and thermal effects on your body.
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