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    Podikizhi

    Podikizhi (also called Choorna Pinda Sweda) is the Ayurvedic technique of fomentation in which cotton bags filled with a hot a mixture of herbs are used.

    Podi means powder and Kizhi means a bag.

    Podikizhi is the common type of Ayurvedic massage technique that helps in alleviating pain and reduces swelling occurred due to arthritis, muscular spasm and rheumatism.

    Steps involved in Podikizhi

    1. Take the main powder ingredient and other ingredients like curcuma, rock salt, garlic, lemon (quantity and ingredients are selected individually)
    2. Herbs are mildly heated in a pan with a little oil.
    3. After 5 minutes, your herbal poultice is ready to put in cotton cloths to make small bags.
    4. When the temperature of bags are in a tolerable range, dip the poultice in a little oil and apply the bags over the affected parts of the body to reduce pain.
    5. Same temperature is maintained in the poultice by interchanging them.

       o Poultice should have a tolerable heat level throughout the procedure.
       o Apply bags and do massage simultaneously.
       o Advice the client to take a hot water bath after the Podikizhi.

    Benefits of Podikizhi
    • Podikizhi increases the peripheral blood supply, so it also helps in improving complexion of the skin.
    • It relieves body ache and strengthens muscles and skin.
    • It is also a good technique for relaxation and relieving stress.
    • It has detoxifying properties for the skin, removes the toxins through the skin pores, and lowers the tendency of skin diseases.
    Therapeutic Indications

    1. Sciatica
    2. Arthritis
    3. Spondylosis
    4. Rheumatoid Arthritis
    5. Muscular spasm, muscular pain or Muscular sprain and stiffness
    6. Swelling on joints due to osteoarthritis of other disease
    7. Paralysis and other neurological diseases
    8. Post trauma or sports injury rehabilitation

    Duration of procedure

    45 to 60 minutes