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.