Heat therapy for pain relief in Ayurveda and Kalari Chikitsa
Heat therapy is an important method for pain relief used in Ayurveda and Kalari Chikitsa.
The therapeutic use of heat increases blood flow to the affected area which promotes healing. It relieves pain, decreases muscle spasm, relaxes muscle tension and can increase range of motion. The heat opens up the pores and rids the body of toxins through the sweat, allowing the body to heal faster.
Ayurvedic texts describe many forms of heat therapy known as Swedana. The word Swedana is derived from the Sanskrit root word swid meaning to sweat or perspire. Swedana is defined as “whatever relieves stiffness, heaviness, and cold in the body and produces sweat.”
Types of Swedana for pain relief
While every form of Swedana can provide relief from pain and stiffness and remove toxins, the most effective method will be chosen depending on your condition.
Swedana can be done through the application of heat (sagni sweda) or even without the application of heat (niragni sweda). The materials used can be applied dry (ruksha sweda) or wet (snigdha sweda). The area of application can be local (ekanga sweda) or the full body (sarvanga sweda).
At Kalari Ayurveda Centre, Swedana is administered in the form of steam or through heated topical applications of herbal oils, powders, pastes or poultices.
Brisbane’s Kalari Ayurveda Centre uses the traditional Indian healing systems of Ayurveda and Kalari Chikitsa to effectively treat your aches, pains and injuries.