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Churna pinda sweda (podhi kizhi)

INTRODUCTION

Churna pinda sweda (Podi kizhi) is a specialized therapy which is performed for the diseases related to Bones, joints, muscles and nerves associated with inflammation, swelling and stiffness (Muscular)

Churna/podi means course or fine powder made of medicinal herbs. Pinda means a bolus. Sweda means Fomentation or sudation

The swedana karma or sudation therapy which is given by using a bolus which is prepared by the combination of different medicinal herb powder is called as Churna pinda sweda or Podi kizhi.

This procedure is unique, specified under Ruksha sweda

BENEFITS

  • Podikizhi increases the peripheral blood supply.
  • It relieves body ache and strengthens muscles and skin.
  • Reduces the inflammation of the joints
  • It acts as muscle relaxant and relieves joint stiffness
  • It is also a good technique for relaxation and reliving stress.
  • It has detoxifier properties for the skin, removes the toxins through the pores of the skin, and lowers the tendency of skin diseases.

TREATMENT DURATION

35 TO 45 MIN

The treatment duration depends on the consulting physician and the severity of the condition.

TREATMENT COURSE DURATION

7 days, 14 days

The treatment course duration depends on the consulting physician and the severity of the condition.

MODE OF ACTION OF CHURNA PINDA SWEDA

The therapeutic action of Podi kizhi is because of the following

  • The pharmacological action of herbal drugs used in the therapy
  • Therapeutic action of the procedure
  • Sudation, which is performed in the therapy

Skin is a large, highly complex and structurally integrated organ. The component of the skin are cutaneous membrane associated with hairs, nails and exocrine glands. The cutaneous membrane has two components, i.e. superficial epithelium or epidermis and the underlying connective tissue of the dermis.

When the procedure starts, due to the pharmacological action of medicine and because of the increased temperature vasodilatation happens all over the body. As a result of vasodilatation an increased flow of blood through the area occurs so that the necessary oxygen and nutritive materials are supplied and toxins are removed. The active ingredients of medicinal herbs helps to act as muscular relaxants, reduces the pain, inflammation and stiffness

Because of the increased blood supply the metabolism increases and as a result the output of free radicals which are responsible for the disease are removed from the skin cells and helps to nourish the skin.

This therapy produces sudation effect and because of the medicinal action and temperature, the thermal stimulus may affect the pain sensation and relieves the stress and induces good sleep.

It also induces muscles relaxation and increases the efficiency of muscular action as the increased blood supply ensures the optimum condition for muscle contraction.

INDICATIONS

  • Shotha (swelling)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Muscular spasm
  • Cervical spondylitis
  • Lumbar spondylitis
  • Paralysis
  • Sprains and cramps

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Fever: As the temperature might increase during the therapy

  • Infectious diseases
  • certain forms of cancer
  • Certain skin conditions
  • certain cardiac problem
  • Haemorrhagic disorders
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Acute illness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Pregnancy

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