If you are looking for a natural and holistic way to relieve pain, stiffness, and inflammation, you might want to try Kizhi. Kizhi is an ancient Ayurvedic unique combination of fomentation and massage therapy that uses warm bundles of herbs, rice, or sand to stimulate the vital points of the body.

Kizhi: A Medicated fomentation/massage therapy Therapy

Kizhi/Pinda Sweda:

Kizhi is a Malayalam word that means "bundle" or "pouch". It is a massage therapy that originated in Kerala, a state in India known for its rich Ayurvedic tradition. Kizhi involves applying a soft and wet material made of herbs, flour, and grain husk that is heated in herbal oil to the body. The ingredients used in the Kizhi treatment vary depending on the condition and needs of the patient.

What to expect from a Kizhi session?

A typical Kizhi session lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour. Followed by Ayurveda doctor consultation, the therapist will first prepare the ingredients according to doctor advice and pack them in a cloth bundle. Then, they will dip the bundle in warm medicated herbal oil (or milk in case of Navara Kizhi) and place it on specific parts of the body for optimal duration. They will apply gentle pressure with the bundle and massage the body with their hands. The therapist will focus mainly on the affected areas and stimulate the vital points. The patient will feel a warm and soothing sensation as the bundle releases its healing properties into the skin.

After the session, the patient will be advised to rest for some time and drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins. They will also be given some dietary and lifestyle tips to follow to enhance the effects of the treatment.

Kizhi is a safe and natural therapy that can help you achieve a balanced state of health and happiness. If you are interested in trying Kizhi, you can book an appointment with us at our Dr. P Alikuttys Ayurveda & Modern Hospital Kottakkal. We have experienced and qualified therapists who can provide you with personalized and professional care.

Who can benefit from Kizhi?

Kizhi is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their health and wellness. However, it is especially recommended for people who suffer from conditions such as: arthritis, spondylitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, chronic pain, obesity, diabetes, low back pain, and stress.

  • Musculoskeletal disorders: The heat and massage increase blood flow to improve mobility and reduce stiffness. Medicinal herbs like camphor also have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
  • Neurological conditions: Hemiplegia, paralysis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis etc. Kizhi stimulates nerve endings and improves motor function in affected muscles and limbs. It also prevents muscle atrophy.
  • Sports injuries: Sprains, cramps, pulls and tears. By boosting circulation, Kizhi accelerates healing and improves range of motion. Anti-inflammatory herbs provide pain relief.
  • Skin problems: Psoriasis, eczema, cellulitis etc. Medicated Kizhi opens pores, deeply cleanses skin and has antibacterial effects to treat various skin conditions.

In addition to physical ailments, Kizhi is also used to alleviate psychological issues like stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia by inducing a deep sense of relaxation. It rejuvenates both body and mind.

There are different types of Kizhi treatments, such as:

  • Navara Kizhi: This is a type of Kizhi that uses a special kind of rice called Navara, which is cooked in cow's milk along with other herbs. Navara Kizhi is known for its nourishing and rejuvenating effects on the body and mind.
  • Podi Kizhi: This is a type of Kizhi that uses powdered herbs that are wrapped in cloth and heated in oil. Podi Kizhi is effective for relieving pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, spondylitis, and other joint disorders.
  • Ela Kizhi: This is a type of Kizhi that uses fresh leaves of medicinal plants that are chopped and mixed with coconut oil or lemon juice. Ela Kizhi is useful for treating skin diseases, wounds, and infections.
  • Mamsa Kizhi: This is a type of Kizhi that uses meat, which is cooked specifically after separating meat along with other herbs. Mamsa Kizhi is known for its nourishing and rejuvenating effects.

Personalized Kizhi Therapy

The duration, pressure, herbs used and treatment plan is tailored according to the patient's needs and treatment goals. Proper post therapy care is also advised to enhance results.

What are the benefits of Kizhi?

Kizhi has many benefits for the health and well-being of the person who receives it. Some of the benefits are:

  • Reduces pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the muscles and joints.
  • Improves blood circulation and oxygen supply to the tissues.
  • Enhances the immune system and prevents diseases.
  • Detoxifies the body and removes toxins and impurities.
  • Relaxes the nervous system and calms the mind.
  • Improves skin complexion and texture.
  • Delays the signs of aging and rejuvenates the body.

(best results can be observed with periodic detoxification therapies and other result oriented quality medicines as per qualified doctor advice).

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