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Natural Health: Clay Therapies

There is evidence that the clay can have many beneficial effects when used as treatment of disease by its ability to curb the proliferation of parasites and harmful microbes. At the same time clay therapy works with healthy cell reconstitution, drains impurities such as pus tissue, absorbs excess liquid and neutralizes the action of different alkaloids. It also cleans the blood and lymphatic system. Also, the clay reinforces defenses, revitalizes the organs, neutralizes poisons, strengthens bones, protects against inflammation and provides minerals that are missing from the body, because it contains trace elements.

Image descriptionThe therapeutic use of clay goes back to the dawn of humanity. In ancient Egyptian documents, doctors testify that the clay is used for inflammation and ulcers, and applied with the warm lands of the Nile to treat rheumatic formations, while the embalmers used it for mummification of bodies. Over the centuries, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Pliny, Dioscorides, Galen, to name some famous physicians of antiquity, advocated the therapeutic use of clay.

There are various kinds of clay and each has specific therapeutic properties such as the sedimentary red clays from the slow erosion of the granites. Its main component is alumina silicate hydrate. The clay gets wet easily and produces pastas which are waterproof and plastic. These pastas usually harden when dry, shrink and crack. The hydrated alumina silicate is rarely pure in clay. According to the foreign bodies found in the clays and depending on the variability of their ratios, the quality of the clay and colors will range from brown to red, passing through the range of yellows, browns, greens, blacks and purples. In Costa Rica we have a variety of clay: white, red, purple, black, green, browns, yellows.

The overall composition of the clay is almost equal for all the different qualities but the percentages of its components differs. However, the differences between the compositions of the various clays cannot alter the main therapeutic effects of the clay.

Science affirms that the land contains chemically in essence, the main minerals that man needs: silica, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc. In clays, the high silica content makes them favorable to fortify elastic tissues of the body, particularly in cases of tainted blood, rheumatism, atherosclerosis, arthritis, tuberculosis and fractures heal quickly, with a real admass silica cement cells. Anti-inflammatory and healing power of the clays, due to silica and alumina containing, is always high, irrespective of its color. Besides, its antiseptic action does not depend on the biochemical nature of the clay, but of physical nature, ie the degree of division of the particles they contain, which must not exceed 1 to 2 microns in fineness, ie: order of a thousandth of millimeters.

In our CNI clays are used for therapeutic and beauty treatments, and they are applied externally. What is the effect of clay on our skin? Our skin has millions of nerve cells in different shapes and depths. When they are stimulated, physical energy is transformed into energy used by the nervous system and skin changes from the spinal cord and from there to the brain. This phenomenon is called transduction. By placing the clay, we stimulate these cells and bring the physical and mental wellbeing.

POULTICE OR COMPRESS: clays are used along with herbs, mixed and placed on a cotton cloth on the affected area.

CLAY BODY: Since clays clean and also absorb fat tissue, is ideal for skin problems like acne, while you can use all the clays on skin: oily, combination, dry, rebuilding its balance sheet. Clays due to their porosity have great power of absorption, which allows collecting large amounts of heat and bringing to it the accumulated toxins under the skin, and thus ensuring that they are expelled. At the same time it favors the expulsion of uric acid accumulated in the body. In our CNI we put clay in the body, face and hair.

These clays are combined with herbs and essential oils to enhance their action, and then the clay is removed from the body, combined with hydrotherapy to promote the expulsion of impurities and toxins.

FACIAL CLAYS. The face is an expression of ourselves. Review it our personality, our character and our emotions. Facial skin is particularly thin and fragile and easily damaged. From the physiological point of view the face is formed by small muscles called skin, their repeated contractions contribute to the formation of wrinkles, this allows us to understand because the face needs special care. Image descriptionClays in the face help in various ways: they stimulate circulation, reduces wrinkles: forehead, crow's feet around the lips, hydrate the skin, give skin elasticity, increase cell regeneration, oxygenates the tissues, stimulate collagen and elastine also present in tissues, improve healing, relax your face, exfoliate dead cells.

CLAY IN THE HAIR AND SCALP. Especially recommended to nourish the scalp in alopecia because hair falls out when drying the hair follicle and not receiving necessary blood supply. The tension and anxiety, as well as genetic factors are the most common causes. By placing the clay in the scalp and hair, we stimulates circulation by massage, since it also nourishes the hair falls out because there is a lack of trace elements (zinc, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, boron, nickel, cobalt, etc.) which by means of clay can be supplied.