Mud is one of the five elements of nature having immense impact on our mind and body, health in sickness. It is a powerful therapeutic agent in Naturopathy. Mud retains moisture for a long time. When applied over the body part, it causes cooling by absorbing the heat of the body. It reduces the inflammation of the area and improves the circulation, absorption and elimination. It is supposed to be a great purifier as it tries to draw away the toxins from the system by increasing circulation in the affected part where it is applied. Its shape and consistency can be changed easily by adding water. It is easily available.
Mud for treatment should be black cotton soil, slightly greasy and free from pollution and contamination. It is normally taken out from 4'-5' below the ground. Before use, mud should be dried, powdered and sieved to remove all the foreign particles and impurities.