Elakizhi Ayurvedic Treatment or Patrapotala svedam is another highlight of kerala special treatments. This therapy is administered not only for general sudation but also as a specific curative procedure for a number of vata conditions.
The leaves which are having Vata pacifying property are collected freshly. Most commonly used leaves are leaves of tamarind, Calatropis gigentica, Ricinus Communis, drumstick, Vitex nigundo, Adatoda vasica etc. They are chopped and mixed with grated coconut, lemon, turmeric rock salt etc. depending on the condition.The mixture is fried in plain sesame oil or other medicated oil as per the requirement. They are divided in ti four equal parts and tied in a linen coth in the form of boluses. They are kept in a vessel containing the oil used to fry the ingredients and the vessel is then heated. Therapy begins with applying suitable medicated oil all over the body and is then subjected to exude profusely through a massage with poultices specific to the condition and applied with steady rotational movements. It is very useful for diseases such as arthritis, spondylosis, backpain, sports injury and all other soft tissue inflammations, especially pain due to vata disorders.