Navarakizhi ayurvedic treatment is also known as shashtikashali pinda swedam. Navara is a sort of rice cultivated in kerala having medicinal properties. It is a unique procedure by which the whole body or any specific part is made to perspire, by the application of certain medicinal drugs with navara rice puddings externally in the form of boluses tied up in muslin bag.
The Navarakizhi ayurvedic treatment
procedure may takes up to an hour. First, the patients body will be preconditioned using oil. After massaging all over the body with oil he/ she will be allowed to relax and lie down for some time. The navara preparation is done by cooking the navara rice with milk and some herbs, the preparation placed in cotton pouches are used to massage the body for about 40 minutes by trained therapists.The boluses are dipped in the mixture of warm milk and herbal decoctions when they cool down thus inducing sudation. The procedure is done in 7 different postures. At the end of the procedure, the rice paste sticking over the body is removed using coconut leaves. A gentle massage is given with warm medicated oil once again. The person is made to rest for about 30 minutes.