Kizhi is an ayurvedic massage that is done with the help of small and warm bundles that may contain herbal powders and medicines, medicinal rice or sand. It helps in providing relief from pain and relaxes the muscles, so it’s used to treat conditions like arthritis, spondylitis, fibromyalgia, any type of rheumatism, and general or chronic pain in any part of the body. It is also claimed to improve circulation and skin complexion, as well as delay the signs of aging.
The treatment mainly includes the application of the bundles or pouches of medicinal herbs on affected areas of the patient’s body, followed by massage with hands. By applying heat and pressure on the body, it helps the muscles to recover and boosts blood circulation. This process also focuses on inducing perspiration in the patients, which will cause toxins in the body to be released with the sweat. Along with being a treatment for some conditions, it’s also good for general relaxation.
Kizhi is divided into a few categories, depending on the ingredients used in the pouches. The different types of Kizhi are:
The type of Kizhi to be used on patients is determined by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner after observing the patient’s condition and the ailment for which the patient requires treatment.
Though there are different types of Kizhi, the difference lies only in the ingredients used for making the medicinal pouches. The basic procedure of treatment is the same irrespective of the type of Kizhi. Steps involved in the treatment procedure are explained below.
Those suffering from inflammatory and pain inducing conditions like arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, cramps, and chronic pain in the muscles or any other parts of the body can be treated with Kizhi, and are thus eligible for this treatment. There aren’t any preparatory measures that need to be followed before the treatment. The ayurvedic doctor or practitioner will observe the general condition of the patient, enquire about the ailment that the patient is suffering from, and then proceed with the treatment accordingly.
People who have some sort of Pitta imbalance may not be eligible for this treatment. In Ayurveda, Pitta imbalance basically refers to problems with the digestive system and metabolism of the body. Those who are suffering from skin disorders like hives, psoriasis and allergies are also not eligible for Kizhi treatment. As a general precaution, this treatment may not be recommended to people suffering from hypertension, enlarged lymph nodes, fungal infections and fever, flu or cold. It is also not suggested for pregnant women. If there are any other conditions that prevent a person from getting this treatment, it will be determined by the Ayurvedic doctor.
Being an Ayurvedic treatment that only involves herbal/natural ingredients and massage, there aren’t much side effects associated with it. Some patients may experience excess sweating and fever, but it will subside quickly.
Following guidelines are to be maintained after the treatment:
If the patient does not get relief even after completing the entire course of treatment, then it is recommended to visit a hospital as soon as possible. This is to ensure that they are not suffering from conditions that require immediate surgical treatment.
Since this is not an invasive, surgical procedure, the patient does not need to go through a recover period and can resume their daily routine just a few hours after treatment. In fact, patients usually feel fresh and rejuvenated after a Kizhi massage.
The sole cost of Kizhi treatment lies in the range of Rs.2500 – Rs.5000. But since this treatment is provided in special Ayurvedic centres, patients may also have to incur the expenses for travel, lodging, food and other extra services required during the course of treatment.
Unlike the allopathic treatments, Ayurvedic treatments are focused more on natural healing. So while the treatment is effective and can provide immediate relief, it cannot guarantee a permanent result. For the best results and long-term benefits, patients will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle with adequate exercise and proper diet and may also need to undergo Kizhi treatment at least once a year.
If Kizhi treatment fails to bring satisfactory results in patients, then the best alternate is to approach allopathic or surgical treatment, depending on the condition that the person is suffering from. While such treatments may not be a pleasant experience, their effectiveness has been medically proven.