Mud is one of five elements of nature having immense impact on the body in health as well as in sickness. Mud therapy is made famous by Queen Cleopatra. She was rumored to have used black mud from the Deep Sea. Historical records suggest that mud packs and mud baths have been used therapeutically for hundreds of years. The height of their popularity among Europeans and Americans may have been from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s.
The mud used for therapy is able to transfer heat, relaxing muscle tension, reducing pain, and easing stiffness in joints. Due to his high mineral content and powerful trace elements that have an ionic exchange capacity through skin, mud has a drawing effect that is detoxifying and healing.