An Ayurvedic treatment to make you sweat

After oleation the next ayurvedic treatment is Swedana. Swedana is a steam treatment that uses oils and herbs; they are put together for your own constitution.

Types of Swedana

  • Tapa Sweda- Substances such as cotton cloths, sands or bricks are heated then applied to the body.
  • Upanaha Sweda - A poultice that has various substances such as salt, flour, wheat, oil and herbs are cooked and wrapped up in cloth bundles and applied while hot firmly to a particular area to the body.
  • Ushma Sweda- This procedure involves going into a enclosed modern chamber then medicated steam is applied so that you perspire.
  • Drava Sweda -Medicated milk, oil or warm liquid is poured on top of the body or head.
  • Pizhichil is the pouring of oil on the body.
  • Valuka pottali Sweda - This procedure is arid fomentation using sand.

The process

Medicated powders with different types of herbs are prepared.

The body is first covered with herbalized oils. This process is called Snehana. The idea is for it to improve the look and texture of your skin.

Your whole body is massaged using the medicated powder and herb preparation but first they are warmed in medicated oils. This causes your body to perspire and promote circulation.

A type of steam box is then used. The head will stay outside the steam box. The idea of this treatment is

  • To eliminating toxins
  • purify the skin
  • induce relaxation
  • Reduce stiffness and pain
  • Shrink cellulite

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