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Elakizhi – The Ayurvedic Pain Relief Treatment

Ayurveda Treatments - Elakizhi

What is Elakizhi Ayurvedic Treatment

Elaikizhi stands out as one of the best of the many techniques of performed in Ayurveda. ‘Ela’ being leaves and ‘Kizhi’ means bundles. Elakizhi started from the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, where medicinal leaves are used to tackle arthritis, joint pain, muscle cramps and stress. 

Elakizhi is done through where certain herbs are collected, fried or soaked and tied in a cloth bag. The same cloth bag is then dipped is medicinal oil before using it to put a very delicate amount of pressure on the body. There are several ailments that can be resolved using this massage therapy. Apart from the body, this ayurvedic treatment is highly recommended for fine tuning the nervous system and is especially recommended for inflammatory conditions of bones & joints, chronic back pain, spondylitis and sports injuries.

The procedure of Elakizhi Ayurvedic treatment

According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas that govern the body. Vata Dosha, Pitta dosha, Kapha Dosha. There are several herbs and conditions that make sure these doshas are aligned. The doshas govern your prana. In the case of the Elakizhi, the herbs that are used are Vata pacifying herbs. These herbs that collected for the Elakizhi must be fresh and washed thoroughly.

In most cases, it is the leaves of the tamarind that is collected. There are other plants also used, Justicia Adhatoda or also known as Malabar nut, a medicinal plant native to Asia used in Ayurvedic and Homeo therapies. Then there is a drum stick which is also a plant with many qualities and also used as a superfood. The giant flower blooming plant, with herbal qualities, is used for Elakizhi.

The leaves that are collected are chopped up and mixed with grated coconut with a pinch of lemon and honey. Then we mix it with rock salt and the determine the situation. The mixture is then fried with oils. The oil is determined according to the type of therapy the patient needs. In most cases, it is sesame oil that is applied. These leaves are then divided into four parts and packed in a cloth bag in the form of bundles. These bundles are then kept on the pan containing the oil, the ingredients are then fried.

While that is happening, the body temperature is increased with the help of a massage, the body is warmed up and this goes on for approximately fifteen minutes. Now the Ayurvedic massage is continued with bundles. There are multiple pressure points in the body where these bundles are applied as a part of Elakizhi. Attention to be paid throughout the course of the whole procedure. Maintaining the body temperature at an optimal temperature for the 46-degree centigrade is highly recommended.

These bundle’s bags can be heated repeatedly using the pan. Once the procedure comes to an end, the body should be blanketed with a sheet for about 25 minutes. Usually, one is told to try and meditate before taking a shower with hot water.

Elakizhi Ayurvedic massage benefits in

Neurological disorders and Post-traumatic dysfunctions: It is not just the physical body that can aid from Elakizhi. Several neurological disorders like bipolar disorder and Down syndrome can benefit from Elakizhi. People experiencing traumatic thoughts are brought into bliss because of Elakizhi Ayurvedic treatment.

Physical disorders: Elakizhi is done to improve several bone conditions like arthritis, spondylitis, Chronic back pain, both upper back and lower back. Apart from these, Elakizhi is used to serve cramps and sprains and other sports injuries. The pressure in the different parts of the body is released, a pressure is applied and stress is released. The muscles are relaxed and made to be limber with improved strength.

Several benefits of Elakizhi includes:

  • Increases body strength
  • Anti- ageing
  • Refreshment
  • Detoxification therapies
  • Increases muscle strength.
  • Increases blood flow.
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces stress.

Indications where Elakizhi should be done

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Back pain
  • Spondylitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle Numbness or Pain
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains and cramps

Elakizhi alleviates sore muscles and joints and is effective in various types of arthritis, frozen shoulder, sports injuries and for all other spastic and inflammatory conditions etc. It enhances peripheral blood circulation, cleanses the channels of circulation and expels toxins through the sweat.

Hridaya Basti – A Special Ayurvedic Treatment for the Heart

Hridaya Basti is one of the most powerful and effective treatments in Ayurveda that aids in the healthy functioning of the heart. Hridaya Basti is also known as Uro Basti, The Ayurvedic treatment helps to nourish, strengthen and balance the heart functions and rejuvenate the area of the heart. High blood pressure, palpitations, and respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis or wheezing can also be treated with the ayurvedic treatment, Hridaya Basti.

Ayurveda Treatments - Hridaya Basti


  • Chronic angina
  • Asthma
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Other respiratory problem

The Procedure of Hridaya Basti Ayurveda Treatment 

The patient would be made to lie on the treatment table, on his back. A leak-proof mould, made up of Black Gram dough, is fixed over the heart region, on the chest. A lukewarm herbal medicated oil (Hridaya Basti Oil) prescribed by the Ayurvedic doctor is slowly poured into that mould and let stay. The temperature is maintained by replacing the oil in the mould with warm oil at intervals. After the procedure, the mould is removed and the chest region is massaged gently for the better absorption of the medicine. The treatment duration is 30 minutes. This ayurvedic treatment provides relief from pain in the chest region, strengthens the muscles of the chest and pacifies Vata Dosha. It also helps to remove the negative emotions such as unresolved anger, frustration and sadness.


The benefits in Hridaya Basti Ayurvedic Treatment are:

Improves heart functioning

Hridaya Basti benefits in increasing the functioning of the heart through where blood flow and good nutrients are spread to the body.

Strengthens cardiac muscles and balances the heart rate 

Hridaya Basti benefits in strengthening cardiac muscles that improve the overall functioning of the heart resulting in balanced heart rates.

Reduces Chest Pain

By performing the Hridaya Basti ayurvedic treatment chest pain will be highly reduced.

Lowers blood pressure

Blood pressure will be lowered as the improved functioning of the heart is seen.

Improves Blood Circulation

With the Ayurveda treatment, overall blood circulation around the body will be improved

Helps in lung Aveoli Functioning

With the improved functioning of the heart, blood circulation is seen improved thus resulting in better lung functioning

Relieves stress, anger and grief

The ayurvedic treatment Hridaya Basti benefits in relieving stress, anger and grief.

Pichu Treatment In Ayurveda | Punarnava Ayurveda

Pichu is a miraculous palliative treatment in Ayurveda that uses warm medicated oil for curing various degenerative ailments. Pichu can be performed on the head, neck, spine, hip, chest, knee and shoulders as per the state of illness, and is highly beneficial for ailments affecting the head, spine, and diseases of cranial nerves caused by Vata disorder.

Ayurveda Treatments – Pichu

Ayurvedic Pichu treatment is beneficial for conditions like:
  • Migraines
  • Pelvic inflammation
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Lumbar spondylosis
  • Chronic back pain
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Neck problems

The procedure is done by:

In this Ayurveda treatment, the patient would be lying on the treatment table and gentle massages would be given on the affected area. A folded dry cotton cloth or wool, soaked in warm medicated oil, will be placed on the patient’s affected area. The oil will gradually seep through and spread over the affected area, providing relief. Periodically, the oil will be replaced so as to maintain the temperature and keep it therapeutic; and the affected area warm. The treatment process is carried out for about 30 to 45 minutes daily for 7 to 14 days. This treatment is effective for chronic headaches, back pain, osteoarthritis, spondylitis, and various physical and mental problems. This therapy helps alleviate ailments arising from Vata Ayurveda disorder.

Ayurveda Treatments – Kati Vasti Therapy

Ayurveda Treatments - Kati Vasti

What is Kati Vasti Therapy?

Kati Vasti is a miraculous Ayurvedic treatment very effective for various ailments connecting to the lower back and spine. The treatment involves retention of specially prepared warm medicated oil over the lower back or other parts of the spine for a certain period, to tackle all types of backpain, sciatica, spondylosis, and also to cure disc prolapse and spinal dislocations.

Kati Vasti therapy includes:

  • Sciatica
  • Chronic Backpain
  • Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Lumbar Spondylitis
  • Slip Disc
  • Disc Prolapse
  • Inter-Vertebral Disc Protrusion
  • Muscle Sprain around Backbone
  • Degenerative illnesses of the vertebras or backbone
  • Preventive treatment to avoid back problems and to keep spine healthy problems

The Procedure of Kati Vasti Therapy

On the day of the procedure, the patient is asked to lie face down on the massage table. An Ayurvedic therapist prepares a tough dough made of the black gram powder or wheat powder, the dough is used to make a circular or rectangular boundary in the lumbosacral area. Ensuring that it is leak proof, specially prepared lukewarm medicated oil is poured and retained for some time in this reservoir. When the oil starts to cool down, it is squeezed using cotton and more warm oil is poured in it. This procedure is repeated for 30 to 40 minutes depending upon the patient’s condition. After the treatment duration, the affected area is massaged for proper absorption of the medicine.

The Ayurvedic treatment Kati Vasti helps to increase the blood circulation strengthens muscle and connective tissues and lubricates the joints keeping them flexible and pain-free. It also strengthens the back muscles that help maintain normal curvature of the spine and nourishes the nerves, thus providing relief from pain and numbness.

To know more about the miraculous treatments of Ayurveda or for Kati Vasti treatment in Kerala visit Punarnava Ayurveda Hospital.