Navarakizhi or Shashtikapindaswedam is a type of kizhi massage in which the cotton cloth bags are filled with cooked Navara rice. Navara is a special type of rice with medicinal properties. This is cooked in a mixture of herbal decoction and cow’s milk till it gets tender. Then it is made into cotton cloths bag known as kizhi, warmed in the same mixture of herbal decoction and cow’s milk throughout the treatment. This is a rather soft massage and the kizhi is applied in circular and long strokes on the body, especially on the joints.
Mode of action
The application of the warm kizhi on the body nourishes the blood circulation. The warmth of the kizhi relieves the joint pain and stiffness. The mixture of herbs and milk nourishes the skin and underlying structures.