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Pinda Swedan (Podikizhi) is a natural treatment and is one of the most popular treatments in Ayurveda. Pinda is a fomentation (swedana) treatment.
In Ayurveda, there are many varieties of swedan treatments that are used. What ingredients and which swedan therapy is suitable is decided based on an individual’s dosha predominance and health concerns.
Pinda swedan is where warm herbal powders are placed in a special cotton cloth and tied up. The ingredients of the herbal powder will vary from person to person according to the chronicity of the disease, the intensity of pain, dosha predominance, and prakruthi of an individual. An abhyanga (body massage) is usually recommended prior to embarking on a Pinda swedan therapy.
Pinda swedan is an effective therapy to reduce the tenderness, pain, stiffness, and heaviness of affected body parts or joints. It improves the circulation, and movements of joints, is effective in releasing a trapped nerve, reduces swelling, etc. A fantastic therapy for inflammation, joint pain, frozen shoulder, back pain, and sciatica.
The herbal powders used are warmed in a frying pan and then placed in a cotton cloth and made up in a bolus form. After a gentle massage to the affected body part, the potli is rhythmically massaged in a continuous manner. The therapy is typically 25mins (if part of the body) or up to 50mins if it is full body.