Navarakizhi refers to the fomentation of the body and has a unique and great contribution in ayurvedic treatments.
In this process, the rice variety “Navra” which has great nutritional value, is cooked with milk and a herbal decoction made of a herb called ‘Kurunthotti’. The mixture so produced is put in puffy muslin bags which are then used to pound the body of the patient by two trained therapists. The treatment goes on for up to 60 to 90 minutes and is repeated over a period of 7 to 21 days.
This treatment is very useful in rheumatism, joint and muscle pains, back pain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and sexual problems, menstrual problems, infertility, nervous weaknesses, skin problems, arthritis, congenital deformity of the limbs, dislocation of bones and joints etc.
Other benefits: Strengthens the body, rejuvenates the tissues, Improves muscle tone, Improves blood supply by opening up the channels of circulation, Effective in curing diseases of the nervous system and others such as chronic rheumatism, osteoarthritis, gout, emaciation of muscles, numbness and diseases caused by vitiation of blood, Makes the body strong and sturdy, Nourishes the body and increases immunity, Promotes sharpness of vision and functions of other sense organs, Slows down aging, premature graying of hair, baldness, appearance of wrinkles over the body and other ailments caused by aging, and gives softness to the body by improving the health of the skin.