Kizhi or Pinda Sweda
Kizhi in ayurveda treatment is a type of massage performed using small satchels containing herbal powders, herbs, rice or sand. Depending upon the type of material used, kizhi is classified as, Podi kizhi that uses dry powdered herbs, Ela kizhi which uses raw herbs mainly leaves and roots, Navara kizhi which uses special Navara rice and Manal kizhi which uses sand particles.
Kizhi Massage is indicated in following health conditions
Kizhi is a useful Ayurvedic treatment for osteoarthritis, diabetes, spondylosis, muscular cramps, obesity, swelling, and low back Pain. The main purpose of Kizhi treatment is to induce perspiration ( sweating) for muscle relaxation, nourishment, and increasing circulation for reducing inflammation and swelling.
Aches and pains associated with the joints and muscular skeleton are caused by the aggravation of Vata and Vata-pitta conditions. The heat generated in Kizhi helps to pacify the aggravated vata thus relieving the associated pain immediately. Moreover, the enhanced blood supply due to hot fomentation helps to recover from muscular pain.
Stress Reduction : Enhanced circulation reduces oxidative stress thereby relieving the psycho-physical symptoms of stress. It is not recommended (contraindicated) in case of pitta imbalances, strong pitta prakriti, psoriasis or other skin diseases.