The term peloid refers to the pulp of a substance , which is applied to the body. Most common peloids are peat pulps, lake or sea mud's and plant substances to name just a few.
For the past 200 years in Europe medicinal preparation in baths and peloid packs have used peat. This unique substance contains many chemical constituents which interact with inorganic and organic components. These treatments have long been used for rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis, gynecological disorders, sciatica, skin diseases, trauma and many more various afflictions and ailments.
Low moor peat is known to contain higher concentrations of nitrous substances. It is not just the higher nitrous content that makes a certain peat more medically useful, but the quality, amount and type of the biologically active substances it contains is the determining factor on it's medicinal effect.
For a hypothermic medicinal peat bath the routine is as follows: a tank will be filled 10 inches from the top with water of about a temperature of 105-113F. The duration and the actual temperature is determined by the condition in which you are being treated. Peat is then added to the bath. If you start to have any adverse reactions such as, nausea, headache, dizziness, tingling or numbness report it to the therapist immediately. You will enter into the water slowly. You will remain still as you are immersed to help decrease the sensation of intense heat. The water will become cooler as time passes, although the peat material will help maintain the temperature. Your bath duration will last between 8-20 minutes, it should not exceed 20 minutes. You will then be helped from the tub by two members of the staff and taken to a table with a fresh sheet on it. You will then be ask to lie down and 2-3 wool blankets will be wrapped around you. Your head will be wrapped in a bath towel also. You will be advised not to shower for 12 hours after the peat bath, this allows the peat additives that were used to continue being absorbed.
The medicinal peat peloid procedure is used in the treatment of acne, arthritis pain, chronic gout, headaches, hematomas, muscle tension, fractures, osteoarthritis, rashes, psoriasis, strains and skin care.
This is a thermal peat pack and includes medicinal peat formulas. The procedure is as follows: a square of peat material about 0.25 inches thick will be made and placed on the area to be treated. The peat will then be covered by a warm wet face-cloth. The wet face-cloth covered peloid will be bordered with a rolled bath towel, making a quarter turn while folding the towel to match the margin of the peat. One layer of towel will be applied over the face-cloth and peat material. A fresh hydro collator pack will be directly placed over the towel, the hydro collator will have been heated for an hour prior to its being used. The hydro collator pack will then be covered with a towel or a small blanket to insulate and prevent heat loss. A cup of cold water will be kept on hand to pour over the wet face-cloth covered peloid if it gets too hot. A really good treatment usually require 2-3 dowsing's with the cold water.