Healing with Clay (Pelotherapy)

What is Mud packing (Pelotherapy)

Mud packing is the use of natural clay from the earth for therapeutic purposes. Most are familiar mud packing in the form of a facial “mud” mask, but the applications include any form of external poultice and even include the ingestion of clay. Basically speaking, when activated with moisture, clay has a unique drawing capacity, which provides its detoxifying benefits.

When high quality clays and muds are applied to a body area, two routes of toxin excretion occur:

  1. Toxins are absorbed into the mud mixture itself
  2. Toxins are released internally via the G.I tract to be detoxified

It is useful to understand a little about the three primary actions or properties of clay.

Properties of Clay

  1. Absorption: The capacity to bring elements inside the molecular structure of the clay and hold onto them. This process is complex to describe, but is due to the single bond between silicon and aluminum. This bond is responsible for the electrical charge on the internal and external molecular surfaces. The structure of the basic silica creates a negative charge on the external surface and this polarity attracts cations (the toxins) and draws it out of the tissue. In addition to water, clay absorbs aliphatic and aromatic molecules, and hydrocarbons. This property explains how clay is used to reduce certain types of swellings or tumors, drain abscesses and cysts, and cleanse in general.
  2. Adsorption: The capacity to attract elements to the outside of the molecular structure of the clay and therefore hold onto them. The process is similar to absorption, except that the bond is created on the external surface instead of the interior. This capacity increases the ability of clay to bind larger toxins and micro-organisms.
  3. Ionic Exchange (CEC): The capacity to alter the electrical charge of a contacted surface. Clay is continually interacting with its surrounding environment. The cationic exchange capacity (CEC) is responsible for the balancing effect of clay and is one of the most unique and beneficial therapeutic factors.

Key Benefits of Mud Packing:

  • Gentle, safe and highly effective treatment
  • Restores ideal cellular resonance to the body’s meridian system
  • Draws out deep rooted toxins from old injury and scar sites
  • Opens up the energetic pathways to accelerate healing Rapid clearing of toxic bio accumulation (up to 50% of the local toxic elements in a single application) Assists in pH balancing

Ideal for those with the following:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Major Scars (C-Sections, Episiotomy), especially those from childhood Broken Bones (current or previous)
  • Surgical Incisions
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Unexplained Health Symptoms
  • Unresponsive Organ Dysfunction
  • Heavy Metal/Chemical Toxicity
  • Chronic Skin Ailments
  • Poor Energetic Flow (Chi) through Meridians
  • Chronic Edema
  • Wounds that will not heal

Tissue Detoxification is a key overlooked factor in literally every disease: hidden, deep-seated toxicity in the ground substance of the body (i.e., the external meridians and connective tissues), which prevents normal nerve and blood flow. These embedded toxins can mean years of delayed healing or none at all. We have discovered, as well as thousands of other practitioners have confirmed, how powerful the mud packs are for achieving limitless healing whether you are dealing with chronic pain, acute injury or other states of dis-ease.


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