Patra Pinda Sweda – Patra means leaves of medicinal plants. Pinda means a bolus. Sweda means Fomentation or sudation. The swedana karma or sudation therapy which is given by using a bolus which is prepared by the different combination of medicinal leaves which is heated with medicinal oil along with the medicinal herbs is called as patra pinda sweda. Thus it constitutes both snehan and swedan.
Though the primary health benefit of this Ayurvedic Shodhana treatment lies with its toxin removal function by clearing the micro channels throughout the body carrying sweat, as a result of its great massage benefit on the body it can provide numerous health benefits outside of the bigger goal of detoxification through Panchakarma. Some of the great healing consequences covering various diseases include anti ageing and rejuvenating properties for overall organic functions, tissue strength and blood circulation, skin beautification and rejuvenation, promotion of vitality, removing disorders of nervous tension.
Patra Pinda Sweda is a simple and effective therapy in the management of uncomplicated back pain severe. They are chopped into fine pieces and are fried with oils useful in relieving vata dosha, pain and associated conditions) along with other medicaments like pieces of lemon, gratings of coconut etc. Then they are tied in a cloth in the form of a bolus. With this, the medicated oil selected according to the disease is kept in a pan or in a vessel and heated on mild flame. Abhyangam (massage) for a few minutes with the oil is done. The bolus consisting of leaves and herbs is dipped in the heated oil and massaged on the affected area.
Duration of Patra Pinda Sweda
It is generally done for 45 minutes. If done with kati vasti or any other therapy, it is done for 10- 15 minutes. It can be done on whole body too.
Leaves used for patra pinda sweda: Leaves of medicinal plants like Nirgundi, Shigru, Shireesha, Arka, Eranda etc are used for this procedure.
Benefits of Patra Pinda Pottali Sweda
- It helps in strengthening the muscles, bones, nerves and tissues.
- It improves the circulation of the blood.
- Helps in reducing the pain, stiffness and inflammation. It pacifies the vata dosha.
- It induces good sleep and relieves stress.
- It improves the glow and complexion of the skin.
Indications of Patra Pinda Pottali Sweda
- Arthritis, joint pain
- Cervical and lumbar spondylitis
- Chronic back pain
- Anti ageing