Kizhi means bundle, is a kind of Ayurvedic therapy in which a blend of herbal leaves and oils is applied over the patient’s body in rhythmic motion. It is done using the fingers, heel of hand or palm. This joint pain treatment is a kind of body scrub followed by a special bath, thus purifying and revitalizing the body, soul and mind. It is beneficial for treating arthritis, osteoarthritis, injuries and others.

Elakizhi: Treatment for Joint Pain

Elakizhi, where Ela means leaf and Kizhi means bundle, is a type of sudation therapy using medicinal leaves. It is used to cure ailments affecting bones, nervous system and joints. The most commonly used leaves are of tamarind, drumstick, Calatropis gigentica, etc. which are chopped and mixed with lemon, grated coconut, etc. depending upon the disease. This mixture is then fried in sesame oil and tied in a linen cloth as boluses. It is then poured in a vessel containing oil to heat the ingredients. Then, a gentle massage with warm boluses is given for about 10 to 15 minutes. On completion, the body is covered with a thick blanket and the patient is asked to take bath with hot water.

Exploring the Benefits of Elakizhi (Joint Pain Ayurvedic Treatment)

Few benefits of this therapy include:

  • Delays aging
  • Improves skin complexion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Enhances muscle strength
  • Relives body aches and stiffness

Elakizhi is recommended for treating the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Spondylitis
  • Chronic back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains and cramps
  • Neuralgia and others

It is a very relaxing therapy done with herbal powder to treat the problems of arthritis, neurological disorders and paralysis. The mixture is made form 12 different rejuvenating herbs which are fried together with rock salt, crated coconut and lemon juice. It is tied in cloth boluses and heated. Then, the mixture is soaked in medicinal oils to massage the entire body of the patient. It is the best alternative for removing toxins and balancing all the doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Podikizhi helps in rejuvenating the body and offers glow to the skin.