Sand therapy trend sweeps Turpan amid summer heat
Published: Jul 04, 2024 06:34 PM
A woman enjoys sand therapy in Turpan City, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Photo: VCG

A woman enjoys sand therapy in Turpan City, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Photo: VCG

Visitors flock to enjoy sand therapy in Turpan City in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which is known for its scorching heat, as the city has recently seen surface temperatures surging to as high as 80 C at the Flaming Mountain scenic area.

But what exactly is sand therapy? Also known as buried sand therapy, it is a traditional Uygur medical treatment and an essential component of ethnic medicine. Turpan's Uygur Hospital has a long history of using sand therapy to treat rheumatic diseases, with unique and remarkable effects.

In November 2014, sand therapy was included in the fourth list of China's national intangible cultural heritage projects.

Sand therapy is a unique treatment in Turpan, utilizing the region's abundant sunshine and climatic conditions. By burying the affected body parts in the sand under the scorching sun, a combination of sunlight, dry heat, pressure, and magnetic force is used to alleviate pain from rheumatoid arthritis and cervical spondylosis. 

Additionally, sand therapy can improve skin conditions, making the skin smoother and more delicate, while also enhancing the body's immune function system to better resist diseases. The best time for sand therapy is from June to September.

While sand therapy offers numerous benefits for physical and mental healing, there are precautions to consider. It is essential to avoid air conditioning during sand therapy sessions. After sand therapy, it is advised not to shower immediately. Also, people should avoid consuming cold drinks and fruits on the day of sand therapy.

Sand therapy, with its mysterious and powerful healing effect, represents a unique experience for individuals seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. However, it is essential to consult with professionals before undergoing the therapy, as it may not be suitable for everyone. 

So, gather your friends and embark on a sand therapy journey in Turpan to unlock the healing power of your body!

Global Times