In The Pizhichil, all parts of the body other then the head are subjected to this treatment. Four attendants pour the medicated oil on the body and massage it simultaneously. This treatment is prescribed not only for vata disorder but also for many disorders like diabetes, blood pressure, fits, convulsions, paralysis etc. it is most effective for asthma and even in tuberculosis in early stages.
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A cylindrical leather cap of about ten inches height and both ends open is fixed in position by means of a cloth belt two or three inches in width tied around the head and by black- gram paste used for plugging the boles and filling the gap. Suitable medicated oil heated to a bearable degree is poured with in and allowed to remain for 1 to 1.5 hours. It is very effective neuralgia, hemicranias, optic atrophy, otalgia, deafness, facial paralysis.
In Navarakizhi patient is anointed with suitable medicated oil all over the body and it massaged in seven different postures such as sitting, lying (supine or prone position) etc, it is also known as
Pindasveda. Navara rice is cooked in milk and medicinal decoction and milk are kept warm throughout. Four bundles are got ready by dipping in the decoction while the other four are used for massaging. The bundles are interchanged when they loose their warmth. The duration is from half to 2.5 hours. This treatment is useful in all kind of rheumatism, paralysis, polio and congenital deformity of the limbs and dislocation of bones and joints.
In dhara the patient lies in a supine position in the through and prescribe medicinal liquid suitable to particular cases is allowed to drop down o his fore head and head from a height of about two inches through the bundle of threads connected through a whole in the dhara patra to that of a coconut shell placed in the vessel face down wards and with serrated ridges to regulate the flow of the medicine. This special treatment is intended for mental disease, nervous disorders, insomnia, blood pressure, general debility, urinary diseases and particularly in the diseases of organs above the neck.
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