Ela’ means leaf and ‘Kizhi’ means bundle, is a type of sudation therapy using medicinal leaves. Elakizhi is a highly rejuvenating treatment applied after Abhyanga. It is used to cure ailments affecting bones, nervous system and joints. The most commonly used leaves are of tamarind, drumstick, Calatropis gigantea, etc. which are chopped and mixed with lemon, grated coconut, etc. depending upon the disease.
This mixture is then fried in sesame oil and tied in a linen cloth as boluses. It is then poured in a vessel containing oil to heat the ingredients. Then, a gentle massage with warm boluses is given for about 10 to 15 minutes. On completion, the body is covered with a thick blanket and the patient is asked to take bath with hot water.
Improves skin complexion
Improves blood circulation
Enhances muscle strength
Relives body aches and stiffness
Elakizhi is recommended for treating the following conditions:
Chronic back pain
Sprains and cramps
Neuralgia and others