(Last Updated on : 09/02/2015)
Kizhi is an Ayurvedic treatment
performed to purify and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul. It is also known as Pinda Sweda in Sanskrit
- sweda meaning to sweat. This therapy is done to provide relief to the patient from problems like arthritis
, muscle pains etc.
Steps of Kizhi
To perform this massage, in the first step heated herbs
, oils, powders and other prescribed materials are tied into muslin bags and then dipped in hot medicated oil. This is done so that the ingredients seep through the bag and penetrate deep into the body to result in a therapeutic treatment. In the next step, these bags are placed with varying degrees of pressure on different body parts. While placing the bags, special focus has to be given on areas where the marma- or nerve points are located. This is followed by specific massages, performed using the fingers, heel of the hand or palm. Usually, the massage is done for 45 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 14 days.
Types of Kizhi
There are various types of Kizhi including Mutta Kizhi, Naranga Kizhi, Podikizhi, Elakizhi and Mamsa Kizhi. However, each type of kizhi is recommended for specific condition.
- In this therapy, boiled eggs and herbal powders are made into pouches and then applied to the body, along with hot medicated oils. This treatment is especially beneficial in facial paralysis and hemiplegia.
- This treatment is done with linen bags containing cut and fried pieces of ingredients like lime, garlic
, dill seed powder and rock salt
. To apply this treatment, moderate heat is required to sweat. The bundles have to be warmed up periodically by dipping in warm medicated oil.
- It is done with the powdered roots of 12 herbal plants such as alpinia galanga, ricinus communis, sandalwood, dry ginger
to name a few.
- In this treatment medicated leaves and oil are used.
- It is done using meat and oil.
Health Benefits of Kizhi
The massage provides relief from pain and oedema.
It is also useful in arthritis, spondylosis, low back ache etc.
It ensures good results in sports injury.
It reduces swelling.
It nourishes the body and improves blood circulation.