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Elakizhi (Pathra Pinda Swedam)

Patra pinda swedana is a type of swedana procedure wherein patra (leaves) of vata alleviating herbs are selected and made into pinda (bolus) by undergoing specific mode of preparation.


The leaves which are having Vata pacifying property are collected freshly. Most commonly used leaves are leaves of tamarind, Calatropis gigantia, Ricinus communis, drumstick, Vitex nirgundo, Adatoda vasica etc. They are chopped and mixed with grated coconut, lemon, turmeric rock salt etc. depending on the condition.

The mixture is fried in plain sesame oil or other medicated oil as per the requirement. They are divided into four equal parts and tied in a linen cloth in the form of boluses. These are kept in a vessel containing the oil used to fry the ingredients and the vessel is then heated. An Abhyangam (a gentle oil massage) is given for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Then the massage is given with warm boluses. The boluses are applied over the body in seven different postures. After the procedure, the patient is advised to take a shower with lukewarm water.

Care should be taken that throughout the procedure the temperature is maintained at around 46-degree centigrade by reheating the bolus over a hot vessel.

Duration of treatment

45- 60 minutes


  • Relieves body pain and stiffness
  • Neurological disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Myalgia
  • Chronic back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Lumbar and cervical Spondylosis
  • Sprains and cramps
  • Neuralgia
  • Sports injuries
  • Post-traumatic dysfunctions
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves skin complexion
  • Increase muscle strength