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Elakizhi or Patrapotli swedana

Ela or ila or patra means leaves; kizhi or pinda means bolus; Swedam means sudation. It is one of the major sudation process using herbal leaves. It is highly effective in ailments affecting bones, joints and nervous system. It is a highly rejuvenating treatment similar to Navarkizhi, except herbs are used in place of rice.

Procedure

Fresh leaves of Vata alleviating herbs, such as Eranda (Ricinus communis), Arka (Calotropis Procera), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Coconut leaves, lemon and curcuma are fried with herbal ingredients and tied into cloth boluses. These are dipped into warm medicated oil and used for massaging the body. The treatment begins with the application of suitable medicated oil to the entire body. The massage with heated boluses induces profuse sudation, which helps in the fomentation process.

Benefits
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Improves skin complexion.
  • Increase muscle strength.
  • Relieves body pain and stiffness.
  • It is anti aging and rejuvenating.
Indication
  • Neurological disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Myalgia
  • Chronic back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylosis
  • Lumbar spondylitis
  • Cervical spondylitis
  • Sprains and cramps
  • Neuralgia
  • Sports injuries
  • Post traumatic dysfunctions

Duration: 30-45 minutes