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Sep 8, 2015

The Hot Sand Baths of Siwa

The Hot Sand Baths of Siwa

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. Patients relax in the shade before treatment, which includes massages by the feet of health workers who also submerge their patients up to their neck in the desert. Patients drink mint tea in tents following the treatment.

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A worker helps a patient, who is wrapped in a blanket, leave a "sauna" tent after his sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 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. Patients relax in the shade before treatment, which includes massages by the feet of health workers after they submerge their patients up to their neck in the desert. Patients drink mint tea in tents following the treatment. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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Patients pray at a rest area near Dakrour mountain prior to their sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 13, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker stands next to a patient buried in the hot sand in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A patient is buried in the hot sand in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker gives a massage to a patient buried in sand by pressing on his shoulders with his feet in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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Workers help to bury a patient in the sand during his sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A patient grimaces as a worker covers his body in hot sand in Siwa, Egypt, August 11, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker helps a patient take off his clothes before he's buried in the sand in Siwa, Egypt, August 11, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker waits near a tent after digging holes and erecting "sauna" tents for patients in Siwa, Egypt, August 11, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker flattens the sand in the area of a tent before patients use it as a "sauna" after their sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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Patients relax in a small motel prior to their sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 13, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A patient sits in a car wrapped in a blanket after his sand bath treatment in Siwa, Egypt, August 13, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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Patients relax after finishing their sand bath treatment in a rest area where they spend the night in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker helps patients, who are wrappd in a blanket, leave a "sauna" tent after their sand baths in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A patient, who is wrapped in a blanket, leaves a "sauna" tent after his sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 13, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker helps a patient, who is wrapped in a blanket leave, a "sauna" tent after his sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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Patients drink herbal tea inside a tent used as a sauna as they relax after their sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 17, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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Patients relax in a tent that acts as a sauna after their sand bath in Siwa, Egypt, August 13, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker helps a patient covered with a blanket to go to a sauna-like tent after he was removed from the hot sands where he was buried in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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Toes of a patient are seen as he is buried in the hot sand in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A woker tends to patients buried in the sand in Siwa, Egypt, August 11, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker digs fresh holes in the sand for patients who will take sand baths in Siwa, Egypt, August 13, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A worker digs fresh holes in the sand in front of small tents for patients who will take sand baths in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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A patient buried in the hot sand looks out from under a shade that protects his face from the sun in Siwa, Egypt, August 12, 2015. ASMAA WAGUIH/REUTERS

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