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Kizhi

Kizhi:(Pinda Swedam)

Kizhi means poultice that is densely packed with herbal ingredients and heated in warm herbal oils throughout the treatment.
Kizhi therapy is used in the management of various pain related conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. The warmth of poultices, combined with the active ingredients of the herbs and oils, improves circulation and reduces body stiffness and pain.
Kizhi ingredients and herbalized oils are selected according to type and cause of the pain.There are many varieties of Kizhi and the name is given based on the ingredients used in the poultice.

Navara Kizhi (Shashtika Pinda Swedam)

The main ingredient in this Kizhi is Navara rice. The rice is cooked in a mixture of cow’s milk and herbal decoctions and tied in a poultice. The poultice is dipped into warm milk and herbal decoctions throughout the treatment. The ingredients are rejuvenating and nourishing to the body.

Ela Kizhi (Pathra Pinda Swedam)

This Kizhi contains fresh leaves of medicinal plants that are fried with other herbal ingredients. The Kizhi is then dipped into warm herbalized oil and applied to the affected body parts.

Naranga Kizhi (Jambeera Pinda Swedam)

The main ingredient in this is lime which is cut and fried in herbal oil with herbal powders. The Kizhi is then dipped into warm herbalized oil and applied to the affected areas of the body.

Podi Kizhi (Churna Pinda Swedam)

The Kizhi contains dried herbal powders fried in medicated oils. The Kizhi can be warmed in medicated oil throughout the procedure or can be done without oil when dry heat is required.

Prakrithi & Vikriti

According to Ayurveda, your basic constitution is determined at the time of conception. This constitution is called Prakruti. The term Prakruti is a Sanskrit word that means, “nature” ,”creativity” or “the first creation.” One of the very important concept of Ayurveda is that one’s basic constitution is fixed throughout their lifetime. The combination of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha that was present in the individual at the time of conception is maintained throughout one’s lifetime. This is your base point. Notice that different persons can have different combination of Vata, Pitta and kapha as their basic constitution or Prakruti. Different individuals can have different combination of Vata, Pitta and Kapha as their basic constitution or Prakruti. This is how Ayurveda explains the subtle differences between individuals. This also explains why everyone is unique and that two individuals can react very differently when exposed to the same condition.
Vikrithi is the current state of imbalance of an individual.It is influenced by many factors like food, emotions,environment,seasons etc.Therefore Ayurveda recommends daily routine,seasonal routine and specific foods and  lifestyle to suit the constitution of an individual to balance the internal environment.Our body has the ability to balance the internal environment ,but when we go out of rhythm for longer periods of time,then we develop various illnesses.