Method – Podikizhi is a Ayurveda treatment in which the whole body or certain parts of the body are fomented and made to sweat, by the application of medicinal powders. Specific herbs (black gram, horse gram, gingely seeds, and herbs) are tied in muslin pouches and the warmed herbal formula is gently “pounded” and pressed into the skin by the therapists in a synchronized, rhythmic motion. These boluses are re-heated frequently and gently massaged over the body. The treatment ends with a warm bath.
Benefits – Podikizhi helps in curing ‘Kapha-Vata’ predominant conditions of arthritis, back pain, paralysis, and muscular pains. This treatment is useful for relieving deep seated tension, increasing circulation, loosening built up toxins, strengthening muscle tissue and ridding the body of excess Kapha. It is prescribed for diseases where there is vitiation of kapha, heaviness of body, extremities and obesity.