“Shashtika Shaali Pinda Sweda” or “Navarakkizhi” is a treatment with rice!


Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda also known as Navarakkizhi. 'Navara' means special rice which is harvested in 60 days. 'Kizhi' means bolus bag. It is a treatment where either the whole body or any specific part of the body is fomented with the cooked medicinal rice bolus cotton cloth bag in a specific manner for a specific period of time.

The paste of Amalaki Kalka is applied on the scalp (thalam) and the patient is properly massaged with suitable warm oil all over the body and head.

The warm kizhi should be gently applied in the synchronized manner by two massagists on two sides of dhroni. The most necessary is to ensure that the heat of the boluses is bearable to the patient. The temperature of the boluses should be maintained throughout the procedure by continuous use of four boluses. The process should be continued until the patient gets Samyakswinnalakshana. This process is also done in several positions (sitting, supine, right lateral, prone & left lateral).

Postoperative procedure:

At the end of the procedure, the paste of the medicines remain over the body should be scrapped off with palm leaves or in a similar way and the body should be wiped off with dry soft towels. Then we remove the Taila Swab and Rasnadichurana is applied to the scalp. Medicated oil is applied over the body and Gandharvahasthadikwatha is given orally. The patient should take complete rest for at least half an hour and then take a bath with warm water.

Time and Duration:

The total duration of the procedure may be 45 to 90 minutes. The procedure is usually performed for 7, 14 or 21 days according to the condition of the patient and diseases.

Dietary regimen:

Warm water processed with ginger and coriander should be given for drinking. Light, liquid, warm and unctuous diet should be taken during the treatment or course.

Performing the procedure helps to increase circulation, nourishment to the body, muscles and nerve endings.