Njavarakizhi, a deeply invigorating massage, involves fomentation of the body with a bolus of cooked rice. Njavara is a particular kind of rice known for its nutritional and therapeutic value. It is cooked with milk and a herbal decoction made of kurumthotti. Four boluses are made of this cooked rice and tied up in linen bags.
It is a procedure by which the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire by the Njavarakizhi application. Treatment (massage) is started by application of oil to the body and a piece of cloth is tied around the head. The two attenders on each side of the patient massage by the prepared boluses and the process will be continued in seven standard postures such as sitting, lying (supine or prone position) etc. The movement of the hands during both fomentation and massage should always be downwards.
After the massage, all the linen bags are opened out and remaining pudding is taken and applied to the body of the patient and rubbed by the hands. After 5 minutes, the paste is wiped off with palm leaf scrapers. Patient is given bath after some time.
The course of treatment is for about 60 to 75 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 21 days.
Njavarakizhi Treatment Effects :-
- Enhances body nourishment
- Removes joint stiffness due to vata
- Prevents premature ageing
- Blood born diseases
- Rejuvenates skin
- Cleanses the Srotas (channels)
- Improves digestion
- Removes sluggishness and excessive sleep
- Removes nervous disorders
- Chronic rheumatism
- Limb emaciation
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