Pain relief therapies include therapies that reduces inflammatory changes thus reducing body pain. Different therapies target specific body part, bone or muscles. The doctor recommends therapies based on the patient’s medical condition.
Podi means powder (herbs/medicated powder) and Kizhi means bag. It is a method of fomentation in which cotton bags filled with hot mixture are used and are rhythmically dabbed and massaged over the body. It is a therapy done with a poultice of powdered herbs which is immersed in hot medicated oil and then used to massage the required part of the body or the whole body. It works as an effective treatment for rheumatism, joint pain, slip disc, sciatica, frozen shoulder, back pain, spondylitis, and muscular pains inflammation etc.
Ela means leaves (herbs/medicinal plants/shrubs) and Kizhi means bag. It is a method of fomentation in which cotton or linen bags filled with mixture of freshly obtained herbal leaves/plants/shrubs are used and are rhythmically dabbed and massaged over the body.
Navara is a type of rice and Kizhi means poultice. Navara rice is cooked in decoction of Bala etc and then tied into a kizhi which is made of kora cloth. The kizhi is dipped in herbal decoctions and is rhythmically dabbed all over the body. It is an immune-enhancing treatment. It is effective in neurological problems, muscular wasting, and rheumatic disorders like joint and muscular pain.
Pizhicil means squeezing and is a type of Sarvangdhara, where Sarvang means whole body and dhara means stream. Thus it means pouring warm oil all over the body and massaging it into the body. Various medicated herbs and oils are used based on the patient’s conditions Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Muscular Sprain, Lumbar Spondylitis, Cervical spondylitis, Multiple sclerosis, Paralysis, Hypertension, Muscular atrophy, Paraplegia.
This therapy involves the use of dhanyamlam for dhara. It is especially effective in rheumatoid arthritis diseases inflammatory conditions, obesity and other various medical conditions.
Sirovasti is a unique method of retaining medicated oil over the scalp for a specific time with the help of a leather cap fixed around the head. Sirovasti is beneficial for the treatment of facial paralysis, spondylosis, memory loss, numbness in the head, dryness of nostrils and throat, eye problems.