Elakizhi (Pathrapotala swedam)

Patra means leaves potli means a poultice and swedanam means fomentation. In patrapotala swedam, the affected region is made to sweat by application of heat by poultice made up of specific fresh leaves of medicinal plants with some powdered herbs. The leaves of Arka (Calotropis gigantea), Karanja (Pongamia glabra), Dhatura (Datura metel), Eranda (Ricinus communis) etc are chopped and mixed with grated coconut, rock salt. The proportion of the ingredients varies according to the symptoms of the disease. The mixture is warmed in a pan smeared with coconut oil and then tied up in 4 linen bundles to be used for the fomentation. The patient is made to lie on his back, on the treatment table. Oil is applied on his head and the body and mild massage is given. The potali’s are warmed by dipping in the medicated oil on a gentle fire and applied in 7 postures. It is to be done for 5-10 minutes in each posture. After the treatment, the patient is advised to take rest for few minutes and hot water bath is given after the rest.
Duration: 45 – 60 minutes.
Therapeutic effects:-

• Neurological disorders
• Arthritis
• Myalgia
• Sciatica
• Lumbar Spondylitis
• Cervical Spondylitis
• Post traumatic dysfunctions etc.

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