Podikizhi or Pindaswedam is a type of massage in which cotton cloth bags called kizhi are filled with medicated herbal powders. The type of medicines used can be different depending on the condition of the patient. The herbs are made into a coarse powder and warmed in a dry pan. It is then tied in bags made of cotton cloth. Such bags filled with herbs are warmed in suitable oil and used while massaging.
Mode of action
The application of warm bundles on the skin improves the peripheral blood and lymphatic circulation. Most of the herbs in the powder are anti inflamatory and pain relieving, so they will help the affected joints and muscles. The warmth of the kizhi helps to relieve joint stiffness and pain.