Peloid is mud, or clay used therapeutically, as part of balneotherapy. Peloids consist of humus and minerals formed over many years. Peloidotherapy involves dissolved and highly mineralised, purified therapeutic mud/peat/clay in water and applying to the body as a thermal therapy. It is rich in decomposed plants. It is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation or organic matter that in Ireland can only be found in natural areas called bogs. The peatland ecosystem is the most efficient carbon sink on the planet, because peatland plants capture CO2 naturally released from the peat. It takes thousands of years for peatlands to develop the deposits of 1.5 to 2.3 metres which is the average depth of Irish bogs.
I quote Naturopathic Doctor Sussanna Czeranko “Peat can be said to be a living pharmacy derived from hundreds of plants” The microorganisms in a peat bog essentially transform vegetation into organic, biologically active constituents. Wolfgang Paul, a researcher who spent decades studying the therapeutic benefits of peloids, remarked that “soil microbes are necessary for the entire formation of all living beings” The abundance of microorganisms in the soil parallels the proliferation and function of gut flora found in the intestines, similar to microorganisms in the peat bog.
The effect of the hot peat is extremely relaxing to the muscles, and helps strengthen the immune processes within the body. It is used for locomotive system disorders, gynaecological disorders and respiratory tract disorders.
To be continued…..