Hot sand baths join black sand and mineral hot springs as successful models of natural healing. As long as we talk about hot sand baths, we must mention "Siwa", and in particular "The Green Oasis", which contains five famous burial baths in the areas of Dakrour and Al-Shahim in the middle of the oasis, and the village of "Bahi El-Din" adjacent to the western sector of the Siwa Protectorate.
Siwa’s sands, which is filled with a number of useful elements such as sulfur, magnesium, and potassium, contributes to the treatment of diseases such as: arthritis and nerve infections, rheumatism, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, arterial insufficiency, joint and knee roughness, and others.
And if we look at the reasons for the ability of the hot Siwa sands to contribute to the treatment of such diseases, we will find that burial in the sand helps to stimulate blood flow, increase blood supply to the kidneys and adrenal gland, purify and strengthen the blood-conducting capillaries, improve kidney functions and help them expel salts, creatinine and toxins and water in excess of the body's need. It also helps to increase the secretion of pain-controlling endorphins and GABA, also the minerals absorbed by the body from sand reduce oxidation and factors that weaken cartilage cells, which reduces pain.
And for the process itself, the sand bath lasts from five minutes to half an hour, according to the patient's tolerance, and the process is repeated for a period ranging from three days to a week, depending on the patient's condition. After completing the sand bath, the patient goes out to his tent, warm drinks are offered to him in order to compensate for the body's loss of salts and wearing heavy clothes to avoid exposure of the open pores in the body to air currents. The person being treated must be prohibited from cooling, conditioning, or any airflow for up to 12 days after the completion of the hot sand baths.