Swedana is a steam treatment explained in Ayurvedic medical science. The word Swedana is derived from Sanskrit swid, meaning ‘to sweat or to perspire’. Swedana is the process of inducing sweat with the help of steam, generated from medicated herbal decoctions. It is the pre-operative procedure in various Ayurvedic detox therapies where the objective is to dilate the channels of the body to detach the toxins from the tissues. Ayurvedic fomentation is usually given after an oil massage.
An Herbal Steam Bath treatment starts with a gentle application of warm herbal oil all over the body. Next the individual is made to rest inside a steam chamber that lets out herbal steam from medicinal herbs, making the individual perspire profusely; this promotes cohesion between cells. The steam helps open up the very small pores of the skin thereby removing all wastes and pacifying the three Dosha – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
- Balances Vata and Kapha humors in the body.
- Detaches toxins; expels them through the tiny pores of the skin along with sweat.
- Increases circulation; reduces inflammation.
- Revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin.
- Improves digestion.
- Removes stupor.
- Acts on fat tissues.
- Relieves stress.
- Eases sore muscles.
- Reduces numbness, stiffness, rigidity, heaviness; improves mobility.
Duration: 15 minutes