Pizhichil is a special form of treatment in kerala ayurveda which is famously known as a treatment for aristocrats.This is because this treatment was a tradition in royal families, and only kings of those days could enjoy its benefits. This massage is performed under the supervision of an ayurvedic physician.
During this massage, a cloth dipped in medicated herbal oil is squeezed over the patient’s body and he/she is given a massage for 60 to 90 minutes. This treatment is generally carried out for 7 to 21 days, depending upon the ailment and physician’s advice for the same.
Pizhichil actually helps in initiating diaphoresis (heavy sweating) and hence is highly effective in rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, paralysis-agitans (parkinson’s disease), sexual weakness, nervous weakness, nervous disorders etc.
Other benefits: Relieves body pain and muscle spasms, helps in the healing of fractured bones, increases immunity and prolongs lifespan, promotes development of muscles, improves skin complexion, has anti aging properties, improves blood circulation, helps in diabetes, hypertension, effective in asthma and even in tuberculosis in early stages, soothing and relaxing, helps preserve and promote optimum health, is very rejuvenating, and alleviates burning sensation in the body.