Kizhi means it is a cloth filled with herbal medications or herbal powders used to massage the body by applying pressure using the cloth poultice. It is a kind of fomentation or sudation therapy that is more anti-inflammatory in nature. Here in Podikizhi, we make a poultice with herbal powders which have anti-inflammatory properties and then warm it on a pan and massage either the whole body or a localized area on the body where there is pain and inflammation. Duration is usually 60 minutes. If done on the whole body, the patient is made to sit in 7 different positions, and in each position massage is done.

Benefits of Churna Pinda Sweda (Podi kizhi)

  • Joint inflammations
  • Joint pains
  • Reduces edema
  • Strengthens muscle tissues, ligaments, and tendons
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Stimulates nerve endings
  • Usually used in Neuromuscular degenerative disorders or arthritis or frozen shoulders/spondylitis/sciatica
  • Also used in obesity and diabetic patients
  • In diabetic patients always take care not to apply too much heat
  • Very effective in acute joint and muscular pains of low back, neck, and shoulders.