In the searing heat of summer in western Egypt, at the hottest time of the day, people with rheumatism, joint pain, infertility or impotence lie buried neck-deep in the sand of Siwa, near Dakrour mountain. A sand bath is said to be a natural therapy for many medical conditions. Patients relax in the shade before treatment, which includes massages before patients are buried up to their neck in the desert. Treatment is followed by tea in a tent.
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