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It is also known as ‘Ela Kizhi’. It is one of the best form of sweat inducing therapies (fomentation, sudation, steaming treatment) wherein we use the herbal drugs or leaves of medicinal plants obtained from nature for external treatments, to heal pains and related conditions and strengthen and rejuvenate joints, muscles and soft tissues.
Patra means leaves, Pinda means bolus, Sweda is sweat, and Swedana is sweat inducing treatment. It is a treatment in which leaves of medicinal plants having analgesic, anti-degenerative and anti-inflammatory properties are used for fomentation (sweat inducing) of painful parts
In this treatment, the leaves of medicinal plants having analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties are heated or fried in herbal oils to tolerable temperature and tied in a bolus. The bolus is heated in a pan or dipped in herbal oils being heated at a los constant temperature in pans. The heated bolus is continuously rubbed over the pain afflicted areas.
Patra Pinda Sweda is used mainly to provide relief from pain, inflammation, swelling and stiffness (catch) associated with bone, joint and or musculoskeletal pains.
1. It helps in strengthening the muscles, bones, nerves and tissues.
2. It improves the circulation of the blood.
3. Helps in reducing the pain, stiffness and inflammation. It pacifies the vata dosha.
4. It induces good sleep and relieves stress.
5. It improves the glow and complexion of the skin.
1. Musculo-skeletal pains as like in myalgia and or fibromyalgia
2. Low back pain as in Lumbago (Lumbar spondylosis)
3. Sciatica pain affecting the back, hip and outer side of the leg caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back is called Sciatica
4. Inter-vertebral disc protrusion or prolapsed disc
5. Osteoarthritis (Sandhigata Vata) – Painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
6. Rheumatoid Arthritis (Amavata) – Inflammation in the joints and resulting in painful deformity and immobility, especially in the fingers, wrists, feet and ankles.
7. Spondylolisthesis – Generally it occurs following a fracture. It presents with back stiffness, tight hamstrings, leaning forward posture, waddling gait and generalized lower back pain with intermittent shooting pain from buttocks to the posterior thigh and or lower leg via sciatic nerve.
8. Internal derangements – The onset meniscal tears are usually acute and debilitating, with preceding trauma can be minor. Patients may describe true locking (normal flexion, but an inability to extend the affected knee).
9. Bursitis – Greater trochanteric bursitis in the hip and pes anserine bursitis in the knee present with pain over the lateral aspect of the hip and over the medial aspect of the knee respectively.
10. Cervical spondylosis – Neck pain due to damage of neck bones and joints or osteoarthritis of neck bones.
11. Ankylosing spondylitis – It is a form of arthritis which primarily affects the spine. It causes severe inflammation of the vertebrae that might eventually lead to chronic pain and disability. The disease will cause pain and stiffness in other parts of your body. Other large joints such as the shoulders, hips and knees can be involved as well.
12. Spinal stenosis – It is a condition in which the spinal column (backbone or spine) narrows and starts compressing the spinal cord. The symptoms include leg or arm weakness, lower back pain while standing or walking, numbness in legs or buttocks and balance problems.
13. Pains and catches in the joints and spine (especially neck and low back) due to bad postures.
14. Pain due to repeated trauma of bones, joints, muscles, soft tissues,
neuromuscular diseases and various musculoskeletal disorders.
15. Knee injuries like anterior cruciate ligament injury, Torn Meniscus, Knee Bursitis, Patellar tendonitis etc.
16. Old (chronic) joint injuries which were not properly treated like sprained ligaments cartilage tears, sports injuries, sprains and strains.