What is Pizhichil Therapy?
Pizhichil is popularly known as “Thailadhara” and is one of the traditional favorites among Ayurvedic therapies. In ancient times, this therapy was considered a royal treatment and referred to as “the king of Ayurvedic therapies.”
Pizhichil means “to squeeze.” By combining oil and heat therapy, Pizhichil is used to enhance blood circulation and simultaneously release toxins from the body. It is one of the major parts of Panchakarma in Ayurveda.
The medicated oil is squeezed out from the cloth onto the patient’s body followed by a rejuvenating massage.
Pizhichil is a beautiful unification of two classic Ayurvedic treatments called “Snehana” and “Swedana.” Snehana is an oil massage and Swedana induces fomentation and sweat.
Pizhichil is a body massage which lasts for 60-90 minutes and involves relaxing strokes primarily aimed at reducing anxiety and stress.
Before the treatment begins, the herbal oil is heated to a relaxing temperature. The entire treatment involves pouring continuous streams of lukewarm herbal oils (or ghee) over the body for a fixed duration. Simultaneously, the body is massaged to induce sweat and release toxins.
Some of the medicated oils used in Pizhichil include dhanwndharam tailam, bala tailam, praphanjanabanam tailam, and sahacharadi tailam. Almost three to four liters of the herbal oil is applied to the body in a rhythmic manner. The treatment is performed under the experienced hands of two to four Ayurvedic practitioners.
After the Pizhichil massage, the patient proceeds towards a warm water bath.
Benefits of Pizhichil Treatment
Pizhichil is a holistic and complete solution for healing ailments. Its benefits include:
- Detoxification of the body
- Reducing acne and increasing youthful and radiant skin
- Preventing signs of aging
- Relieving body pain and increasing rejuvenation
- Muscle development and quick healing of fractured bones
- Treating diabetes and hypertension
- Alleviating asthma and tuberculosis in the early stages
- Alleviating arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, sexual disorders, Parkinson’s disease, nervous disorders and depression.
Although Ayurvedic treatments have many answers to ailments and diseases through varied therapies, it is advisable to consult a seasoned Ayurvedic doctor before undertaking any treatments.