The Arabs, as well as the Romans, Greeks and Japanese, knew since ancient times the use of hot sand to treat many diseases, after experiments proved its importance and role in providing healing from diseases that afflict the body, and this method of treatment has become common in many therapeutic resorts and hotels around the world.
Nature’s warmth heals joints
Cairo – The phenomenon of sand therapy is spreading in the Arab desert from Morocco to Saudi Arabia, as some believe that bathing in the desert sands during the summer is a natural treatment for many chronic pain, such as nerve diseases, rheumatism, back pain, muscles, arthritis and skin diseases. The treatment process is carried out by burying the bodies of patients up to the neck in hot sand, in what is called a “mullah bath”. And “mullah” is hot sand due to the sun’s rays in the summer season in desert areas and is used as a treatment that is classified within the alternative medicine, so a hole is dug in the sand as much as the patient puts his hand, leg or whole body except his head, and then it is filled with warm sand and remains in it until it cools Sand. Likewise, the buried person in the sand should be watered with liquids so that he will not become thirsty, and then dehydration and fatigue to the point of losing consciousness. Millat has many ways in which the experienced people who inherited it from their ancestors excelled without studying it in universities, including calculating the period during which a person stays under the sand, since it has a specific time that these specialists know. Mahjoub, one of the supervisors of sand bathing operations in the Moroccan city of Merzouga, says, “A person who wants to shower is completely buried in the sand except for his head, which is covered with a large hat to avoid sunstroke. The burial process, or what is colloquially called ‘backfilling’, lasts between 10 and 15 minutes. During this period, one of the supervisors accompanying the person benefiting from the sand bathing process provides small doses of water so that he does not become dehydrated as a result of the sand absorption process. “When the doctor prescribed this treatment to me, I started to feel better, as it is good for blood circulation, breathing and immunity in general,” says Raafat El-Feki, a mathematics teacher from Alexandria. “It is preferable for the patient not to bathe for three days after the treatment.” The course of treatment takes between three and nine days. Desert sand has many secrets and benefits, including that it is an effective treatment for many incurable diseases Doctors stress the importance of sand therapy because it contains a percentage of clay minerals that generate negative charges when in contact with water, as it attracts positive toxins from the outer skin layers, in addition to a small percentage of radioactive minerals such as monazite and thorium, which are useful in treating skin and bone diseases. In particular. They warn that it must be taken into account that there are no sores, ulcers, or non-healing wounds on the patient’s body before the sand bath, stressing that there are many diseases that cannot tolerate hot sand and can be compounded by sensitivity to some of them, and in this case the treatment must be stopped. Khaled (40 years), who has worked for years in this field that he inherited from his family, says, “Desert sands have many secrets and benefits, including that they are an effective treatment for many incurable diseases, and it is a profession that we inherit from generation after generation since the time of the Pharaohs, and knows its importance. Doctors consider it one of the types of alternative medicine that depends on nature in treatment. He indicates that he inherited the profession from his ancestors, and that desert sands are different types, and each type has its own distinctive characteristics and ways to deal with it and take advantage of its advantages. The mineral and chemical composition of the sand must be known to see its suitability for therapeutic purposes. And about the best times to practice this type of treatment, Abdullah, one of the workers in this field in the Egyptian desert, says, “Work continues with these sand baths throughout the year, and if the period is from April to November of each year, it is the peak season. For those who like to bathe in the sand of the Egyptian desert, as people of different nationalities come to us. Abdullah stresses that the Egyptian sand has a wide international reputation for providing natural treatment for many diseases. He points out that the ancient Egyptians knew the use of burial in soft sand as a means of treating rheumatism, and that this was proven in papyrus.