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Njavarakizhi: Treatment, Cost and Side Effects

What is the Procedure? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment?(When is the treatment done ?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any Side Effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the Procedure?

Njavarkizhi or shashtikashali pinda swedam is a type of massage inducing sweat and relieveing stress. As the name suggests, Njavara in Malayalam stands for rice, which is also shashtikashali in Sanskrit. The rice used to grow in 60 days and is used for this treatment. It has medicinal values for which it is used for this specific type of treatment. The other part Kizhi, stand for bolus, which is called pinda in Sanskrit. The treatment is a sweat inducing treatment which uses various process for making this massage a beneficial one. The rice is grown in Kerala and the technique is practiced by Kerala ayurvedic physicians or vaidyas. The main purpose of doing this massage is for the perspiration of a body part or the whole body, whichever is required by applying certain medicinal drugs with the Njavarakizhi rice pudding dipped in the form of boluses tied in a muslin cloth. The use of milk and rice is effectively used externally which poses to be an efficient massage pudding. The mixing of milk with rice and other medicinal herbs make the mixture a pure medicinal one to deal with health ailments. Mostly the rice and other things are prepared by decoction using he necessary herbs and the rice boiled for a certain time and given temperature.

How is the treatment done?

The treatment is done by letting the person sleep in the massage table, who is to be massaged and then the rice in the form pudding, made boluses in a thin muslin cloth. And it is then used for massaging the person asked part or full body. It is a good sign to make the person relax and make him comfortable while giving the massage. It is the swedam part, which comes to effect. It means fomentation, sudation, or perspiration. This ayurvedic treatment is very essential in giving unparalleled relief from pain, stress and anxiety. The rice prepared in decoctions with the milk tied to the bolus is rubbed against the body or the afflicted part of the body. It thus provides heat to the muscles, bones and joints. It provides energy to the tissues and muscles, which are undergoing degeneration and deformation. The procedure of applying the decoction and the milk after it is done in many postures. It thus generate cooling and gives muscle the time to relax. At the end, the rice paste sticking to the body is removed by coconut leaves. Lastly the body is then given another herbal oil massage and made to rest for next 30 mins.

Who is eligible for the treatment?(When is the treatment done ?)

Any person who is suffering from Sciatica, Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Perthe’s disease, Cervical myelopathy, Hemiplegia Arthritis, muscle pain, Cervical Spondylosis, Whiplash etc. It can be done at the early point of time when the person feels to take the treatment. This may vary from person to person, but the early treatment is better than anything is. It is one of the best technique to release muscle strain and sprain. The persons having low back ache, Hemiplegia, Spasticity and the condition involving muscle dystrophy and emaciation. The best way to relax and get relief from all this is to take it as soon as possible.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

The best part of ayurvedic treatment is the use of herbal oils and plant parts. It’s good to keep in mind that there is no eligibility for taking this massage and there is no ineligibility. It depends on the person who wishes or does not wishes to take the treatment. However, it is good to take the treatment as it rejuvenates and revitalizes the body. Eligibility never comes in case of natural cures. It’s the grace of nature that doesn’t have any side effects or malfunctions. So, it is recommended to take the treatment and make the best result out of it.

Are there any Side Effects?

This is an all-natural treatment without any side effects. It is carried out by all-natural herbs and essential oils. Moreover, the special rice used in case of this treatment allows the person to feel more fresh and rejuvenating in case of the treatment is undertaken. There is no certain amount of side effects related to this treatment. It takes time, herbals and 2-3 persons to carry out this treatment on a massage table. In other hand it calms the mind and reduces stress, strengthens the nervous system and improve the perspiration capacity of the skin. So, it’s good to take the treatment to feel well and rejuvenated.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There is no certain post treatment guidelines for the treatment. It is all way natural and beneficial for both the body and mind. The massage in itself takes 90mins, which is enough for the muscle to relax and remove pain and sprain from it. It’s not a surgical procedure that had been carried out which needs certain attention post-surgery. Its just a fine beneficial medicinal massage which never compromises with the quality and gives the best results within a certain amount of time. In other words, it does not keep anything post. It creates and finishes everything present. So, this treatment makes the body supple an remove stiffness.

How long does it take to recover?

If the treatment is taken on a regular basis, then the problems will recover soon. It gives the best results when, the massage time and the resting time is more. Recovery in this treatment doesn’t come instantly. It gradually cures and cure the problems from the roots, which is the best part in it. The rest time after the last oil is applied, can be increased in order to get the perfect benefit. In this busy world, its good to have some time kept for this type of treatment to make the life more simple.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of treatment in India defers from doctors to doctors and clinics to clinics. The treatment is offered starting from Rs.300-Rs.6000. It’s the ambience, the time of decoction and the expertise of the applier which matters. The number of oils increases with the price. As, the oils are very expensive and takes much processes to hardly get some. Normally, it can be availed in cheap price at govt. ayurvedic centers. But, its recommended to go to a good clinic and avail the treatment for Rs1000-Rs2000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Treatment is tend to be taken in a regular basis to avoid the problems of joints, muscles or other ailments. There is no permanency in massage. The more you take after consulting the doctor, the more beneficial it is. Human is not at all permanent, as it is literally a working machine. So, technically errors and problems may occur. So, its advisable to undertake treatment in problems related to muscles, and joint pains.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are many other types of massage can be done for the same problems. However, it’s the uniqueness of Njavarakizhi that it takes a blend of essential oils and medicinal rice to cure this. Therefore, it’s the best part of this treatment. Otherwise, ayurvedic offers many massage techniques with different types of oils and other herbs, which constitutes working for the same problems. But, its better to take this old Kerala ayurvedic technique which never compensates on what it has productivity is.

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