Pizhichil is an exclusive kerala style of body massage. Luke warm herbal oil is applied all over the body for about to go minutes at a time. It is applied evenly in a very rhythmic way and for a period of 7 to 21 days depending on the character of afflictions. Its impact is great and effect is very wonderful in rheumatic treatments like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, nervous disorders etc.
Njavarakizhi is a small muslin bag filled with certain medicinal warm puddings, its application is sudation process for perspiration. The whole body or any specific part is massaged regularly for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for a period of 14 days. It is very effective for all types of rheumatism, joint pains, emaciation of limbs, high blood pressure and cholesterol, atrophy etc. This process relieves pain and enhances blood circulation. As a rasayana property, its effect is excellent..
Sirodhara is also called Thailadhara. In this process specially prepared medicated oil is evenly poured on the forehead in a special manner. It is neurotic therapy keeping visual, hearing, smell and taste senses intact. It is also very effective in relieving mental tension and to have sound sleep.
Ushma sweda or steam bath is a pre-purification therapy by which the whole body is subjected to artificial sweating process. It is very effective in vatha rogas, relieves pain, gives softness to the skin etc.
Abhyangam is a special type of oil massage. It is done with systematic and rhythmic strokes and pressures to the circulatory channels of the body. It is useful for obesity, sleeplessness, fatigue, body pain etc. It rejuvenates and refreshes both body and senses.
Thakradhara means application of medicated thakra or buttermilk in the form of systematic pouring on the forehead, it is effective in treating skin diseases, diabetes and shiroroga.
Vasthi is the medicated enema therapy in Ayurveda. Herbal oil or extracts are applied as enema for a specific number of days. It is done in the treatment of arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, numbness, gastric complaints etc.
Some sort of lukewarm herbal oils may be poured into a cap made with herbal leaves and fitted on the forehead. It is effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nose, mouth and throat, severe headache etc.