Sand Baths of Siwa Are A Real Thing

By Muk Khatri in Health and Fitness On 22nd September 2015


In the searing heat of summer in western Egypt, at the hottest time of the day, sufferers of rheumatism, joint pain, infertility or impotence lie buried neck-deep in the sand of Siwa near Dakrour Mountain


Locals say taking a sand bath is a natural therapy with powers to cure many medical conditions

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A worker digs fresh holes for patients

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A patient grimaces as a worker covers his body in hot sand


The patients are buried for 10-15 minutes


...that have been uncovered and exposed to the heat of the sun so they act like saunas


Patients can stay in the tents as long as they like


A patient is helped from the tent


Patients with high blood pressure or heart disease are not allowed to undergo the treatment


Finally, the patients are not allowed to shower for three days after the treatment