First-rate medicine in antiquity, clay today becomes a medicine of the future.
noting some exceptional properties. Over time, the discovery or rediscovery of the beneficial action of clay continued, being now in possession of a rich package of references .
Yes, there are numerous applications to which clay turns out to be really miraculous. There are also situations in which it has only a helpful (but valuable) role . It is not the case that we ask in all situations to work miracles. Still, countless times its effects are undeniable and we can see in it a relief in solving many problems of our body.
Some medical offices routinely prescribe clay in the treatment of patients and achieve remarkable results. A whole series of authors and testimonies attest, however, to achieving outstanding results with a variety of clays, which met the conditions to be used in therapies.
according to the indications and not how we sometimes tend to give up treatment after one, two or three uses as ineffective.
Let's not forget that antibiotics or hydrocortisone treatments and the like are sometimes taken for weeks at a time, and each time it seems natural to do so. It always seems normal in these cases to "benefit" from many side effects. They make the therapy with certain drugs and cytostatics resemble a contest like "What happens first - does the man die from side effects or does the condition disappear?".
And not infrequently the effects are fast and very powerful. It's true that other times, naturally, it takes time for therapy, but it's worth it (especially since there are practically no unwanted side effects).
This synthesis aims to present a small guide to the use of clay in solving people's problems, which we advise you to always follow carefully and common sense.
It can be completed at any time by you, as the list of clay applications in therapeutics and body care always remains open. In case of unpleasant manifestations (which happens quite rarely) medical advice is essential. Moreover, in most serious cases clay therapy cannot replace a competent medical consultation, because we must at least know what we are suffering from.
and, like all other natural antiseptics (aromatic essences in particular), it does not present the inconveniences of certain common chemical antiseptics. The latter kills microbes but also harms the cells that make up our tissues.
Alexis Carell has often spoken of "the intelligence of nature". Clay is certainly endowed with it. Dwould this intelligence, as he wrote, is still inexplicable with the help of our current knowledge.
The bactericidal properties of clay are used usefully in numerous infectious states:
enteritis, colitis, colibacillosis, lung or parasitic diseases (intestinal parasitosis).
Pus is removed and tissues are restored.
The analysis carried out in 1928 by Professor Labourde, from the Faculty of Pharmacy in Strasbourg, allowed it to be found that curative clay is sterile, that is, free of microbial germs.
5 g is sufficient to discolor 10 cmc of a 0,1 % solution of methylene blue. It absorbs bad smells (mild disinfection of tints and night pots). Its absorbent power explains its property of eliminating the unpleasant smell of some medicinal oils and certain fatties that want to compete with butter. It is used in some applications, even military ones, for devices for rapid purification of water collected from almost unsanitary sources.
The Romans put the laundry in the clay water. In industry it is used for discoloration of mineral or vegetable oils.
The composition of the clays is quite varied. As an example, when analyzing a type of clay we can obtain: silicon 49.1%, alumina 14.61%, iron oxides 5.65%, CaCo3 4.44%, magnesium 4.24%, alkaline oxides 3.08%, titanic anhydride 0.74%, humidity 7.4%, loss of fire 10.85%.
Once started, a clay cure should not be interrupted - except in exceptional cases. It triggers a set of successive processes – drainage, revitalization – and stopping them could be bad. At first, as in many other active cures, an apparent worsening of the condition (enlargement of the atone wound, an ulcer, temporary recrudescence of rheumatic pain) will be observed. If it is harder to bear, reduce the dose for a while and then gradually return to the original way.
Clay to be used for internal use must be a clay as clean as possible, greasy, finely sifted, sand-free, uncooked and not mixed with other medicinal products. There are green, white, yellow or red clays. A few tests will allow us to determine, on a case-by-case basis, the more active variety. In principle, clay from the region or at least the country in which we live is advisable.
It has been observed that results can be obtained with a wide variety of clays (but which meet the conditions listed). Many of the therapeutic properties are not particularly dependent on a particular type. However, it has been observed that there are more valuable varieties, usually with a more complex chemical composition than others. Some of the colored clays are richer in components. We can thus encounter types that turn out to have more special properties than usual.
She absorbs and substances or odours from plastic containers or even other containers. That is why it is better to avoid contact with metal objects and keep it in inertia receptacles, of ceramics or glass. This does not mean that a clay that has been processed with metal tools or that has been stored in a plastic container, for example, would no longer have beneficial properties. However, they could be more or less mitigated on a case-by-case basis.
It is more important to use the clay that is accessible to us, than not to do any kind of therapeutic procedure with this simple but valuable substance, in anticipation of a clay specialty that is harder to find.
one teaspoon per glass filled 3/4 with water (1/2 tsp for children under 12 years). It is good to start by drinking only clay water for 4-5 days. For certain conditions: dysentery, gastrointestinal disorders, anemia, tuberculosis we will be able, on the contrary, to take two to three teaspoons a day.
obtained by mixing clay with water (if possible spring water) which is prepared in the evening. The next day drink, on an empty stomach, only clear water. Repeat for 8 days. This purifies the blood and prepares the body to receive in a second stage (after 8 days of rest). This stage is especially necessary for beginners who have reservations about the use of clay. It could be eliminated and could proceed directly to the second stage: " clay milk".
put a teaspoon of clay in a full glass 3/4 of water leave it all night. The next morning we sip, after mixing well in the glass. We can also take our clay to bed or even half an hour before one of the main meals.
For children who can not swallow the clay solution, we will prepare small clay cloves with aromatic water (water in which pine buds, eucalyptus, thyme, mint have been macerated). They'll suck these brushes and get the same blessings.
It is recommended to suck small pieces of clay in case of gingivitis, stomatitis, alveolar piore, angina, gout.
The first cure of clay is recommended to last three weeks. Then it will resume ten days a month or one week out of two.
If a consecutive constipation occurs, we must reduce the dose of clay, increasing the amount of water and ingesting the ration in two or three halves during the day (half an hour before meals). In case of persistence of constipation, we must stop the clay ingestions for 10-15 days.
The clay cure is incompatible with a diet rich in fats; be indicated to drink, clean water or natural juices in sufficient quantities.
cchronic onstipations, tendencies of intestinal occlusions and hernia and in cases of hypertension should be used with caution.
put the clay in a container of glass, wood, faience, porcelain (never in a metal bowl) and mix, adding water, until we get a dense paste, softer than the molding paste. It is recommended to cover the clay with water and leave so a few hours to obtain a homogeneous paste. Efficiency will increase if we add and certain plant macerates, drops of different natural tinctures or natural aromatic essences. From it we will make poultices, about 1-1.5 cm thick and with a surface that exceeds a little that of the treated region.
cold, on inflamed regions or on the lower abdomen; in this case they shall be renewed as soon as they have warmed up (15-30 minutes); if the feeling of cold persists, change the cold poultice to a lukewarm one;
warm or warm on the liver region, on the kidneys, on the bladder, on the bones; poultice will be applied directly to the skin or, if necessary, with the help of a gauze;
certain diseases – concussions, varicose veins, heart disease – are treated, at least at first, by applying compresses and then with poultices.
Cataplasms and patches shall be fixed, after the treated regions, by a flannel belt or a T-shaped bandage (for the perineum); for a patch on the back of the head, attach the immobilisation tape around the forehead, not the neck.
The duration of application varies from case to case, from one hour to 3 hours and sometimes all night. If unpleasant sensations occur (cold, pain) the poultice will be removed and will not renew until after 12 or 24 hours. If the poultice dries too quickly, replace it with a fresh one.
After removing the patch, remove the remains by simply washing with cold or curled water. The rate of application varies after the conditions and reactions of the patient:
We're not going to do multiple applications at the same time. In cases where the patches will be indicated in several places (the lower abdomen and the lung, for example), the interval of two to four hours between the various applications should be observed.
Women will refrain from applying clay during menstruation.
After use it is necessary to discard the clay because it is impregnated with toxins. Wash the bandages used.
internal phyto-aroma-therapeutic: lemon juice, mild natural laxatives, clay in general, atoxic balanced diet (preferably with as little meat as possible).
We will always start with thin poultices (1/2 cm), slightly stretched, for one to two hours. Progressively, patches 1-2 cm thick, larger formats and longer application times will be used. All this provided that they are well supported.
take fatty clay, from a greater depth, best of all from a sun-beaten shore. It is held in the sun to charge with beneficent energies. Then, after drying, either in the sun or in the oven (but, beware, at moderate temperatures) grind finely and mix well with water or vinegar, macerated by the Tail of the Handle or the Scratch. When it has been made as an alify, it spreads on a cloth and is placed - warm, on the painful side, on the chest, on the back, abdomen, knee, where it leaves until it dries, then changes.
In addition to patches and compresses, clay can be successfully used for powdering, as well as talcum powder, in both infants and children and adults. In the wounds, clay powdering has an antiseptic and healing action. The same for cracks (cracks), eczema, furunculosis, abscesses, ulcers, certain cases of erythrema. The wounds can be washed with a liquid clay solution, plus a few drops of lemon. Cataplasms are also indicated in cases of migraines, neuralgia and dental disorders.
On the other hand, clay can also be used in vaginal washes and enemas. In doses of 3-4 tablespoons per liter of water , at body temperature (couperoses, vaginitis, colitis, rectites, intestinal parasitosis).
One way is the application of vagina or rectum clay which is made by injecting with a syringe without a needle of 10 or 20 ml an appropriate amount of clay paste prepared in advance and having body temperature. To be able to inject into the rectum it is enough to insert the cone of the syringe into the anus and gently press the syringe inwards, after which we can start pressing the plunger.
It can be done simply, economically and effectively using powdered clay from which is made a paste with half water, half tomato cucumber juice or grape. This paste will be spread in a thin layer all over the face and kept until dry: 15 minutes to half an hour. Remove with lukewarm water.
This procedure, carried out once a week, has only advantages. Treat it this way acne, facial rashes, cuperosis, wrinkles. Clay powder, mixed with olive oil gives a cream equally effective in all cases listed. The effects of clay and clay preparations on the skin are exceptional and this is an area of applications where the effects are obtained relatively easily, sometimes immediately and especially ... You can see it!
who do not have the time or the means to go to a specialized thermal resort, we present the means to benefit, however, from this therapeutic method will be prepared a clay paste sufficient to fill a bath.
The bathroom can be used several times. It will be enough to add hot water every time. The duration of these baths will be 5-10 minutes at first, then 15-20 minutes. Bathrooms will be done every two days or twice a week for a month. Repeat, if necessary, after an interruption of 5-6 weeks. They are especially indicated in cases of rheumatic or bone disorders and also in anaemia.
Local baths will be practiced in cases of hand or foot rheumatism.
As far as possible, seawater or sea salt is preferred.
redactat de Leo Radutz
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