Njavarakizhi treatment also known as Shashtikashali pinda swedana is a unique ayurvedic treatment, used to tone and strengthen the muscles and enhance nerve conduction. This treatment makes use of a special type of rice called shashtika shali or raktha shali that has medicinal properties. The rice is cooked with milk and herbal decoction in adequate quantities and made into pouches in cloth.
The Njavarakizhi therapy starts with application of medicated oils on the body of patient lying on the treatment table . Njavarakizhi is dipped in the boiling mixture of cows milk and decoction of kurumthotti / bala moola( root of Sida cordifolia) and rubbed against the body to generate sweat ( swedana procedure) . It provides warmth to the muscles, bones and joints. It is done in seven different positions . The treatment can be done for entire body or a part of the body depending on the condition of the patient and requirement of the treatment. The procedure must be performed without any interruption . Each session of the treatment will take about 60 to 90 minutes and duration of the treatment may vary from 7 to 21 days depending on the severity of the condition.
After the treatment procedure the rice is wiped out from the body and medicated oil is applied. The patient can take a warm bath after 30 mins of treatment.
Benefits of Njavarakizhi:
It is one of the best body rejuvenating treatments in Ayurveda. It enhances the physical consistency by improving the tone and strength of the muscle. It helps in relaxing the muscles and relieving pain.
It is a nourishing treatment in cases of muscle wasting due to paralysis, muscular dystrophy and emaciation. The treatment provides energy to tissues and muscles which are undergoing degeneration and deformation.
Njavarakizhi treatment is a strengthening treatment in musculoskeletal diseases like spondylitis, sciatica, arthritis, scoliosis etc . It revitalises the sensory and motor functions in neurological disorders like paraplegia, paralysis, palsy etc.
It improves the skin texture and health. It helps the body and mind relax , relieve stress ,fatigueand boosts immunity.