- The word Elakizhi is a malyalam word is a combination of two words that is “ELA” meaning leaves( “PODI” means Choorna ) and “KIZHI” means bundles. Elakizhi refers to the sudation performed by specially prepared bundle of medicinal leaves practiced by Vaidyas (physicians) in Kerala. It is highly effective in ailments affecting bones, joints and nervous system.
This is done for 45 minutes daily for a period of 07 to 14 days.
Benefits of Elakizhi( pottali Massage )
- Relieves body pain
- Arthritis problems
- Problems in lower back area
- Stiff joints
- Generalized body pain
- Slipped Disc
- Reducing obesity
- Dryness of the skin
- Curative &Rejuvnative effect
- Improves muscles strength
- Numbness of legs
- improves the Blood circulation
- Improves the skin complexion & rejuvenates the body
It can be done in a perfectly healthy person to enhance his / her immunity , vitality and longevity of life.
It is powerful anti inflammatory treatment for muscular and joint inflammation.
- Massage stimulates the nerves and helps to reduce pain.
- It is anti aging and rejuvenating
The leaves which are having Vata pacifying property are collected freshly. Most commonly used leaves are leaves of tamarind, Calatropis gigentica, Ricinus communis, drumstick, Vitex nigundo, 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 Erand oil or chinchadi tailam 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. Care should be taken that throughout the procedure the temperature is maintained at around 40 to 45 degree centigrade by reheating the bolus over hot vessel. After the procedure, the body has to be covered with a thick blanket for about 30 minutes. Then one has to take shower with hot water after 2 hrs.
Duration of treatment: 45 – 60 minutes
Treatment therapy uses boluses that are applied at specific marmas ( vital points) to relieves stress from the body. Warm gentle medicated oil massage is done for the arm/ leg / back, followed by fomentation with a variety of herbal powders taken in a bag of line
It can promote better circulation within the affected area thereby promoting increased perspiration, which helps the skin to eliminate wastes. It also helps to tone the skin (revitalization ) and can be superbly relaxing.
Benefits are many for overall body wellness. But principally, it is used for effective pain management, relieving body spasm and is a natural way of reducing the effects of arthritis.
Treatment timing and intervals are assessed on the basis of the patient’s condition and the types of treatment and the best remedy for effective relief. In effective treatment the doctor will also recommend dietary patterns, medicines.