Let us split the terms and understand the meaning of this procedure.
Patra in Sanskrit means leaves and sweda means perspiration.
Therefore it is a procedure in which the medicated leaves are bundled in a potli(bag) and used to induce perspiration in the patient.
Swedana therapy is of four types, one of which is ooshma sweda. This is a form of ooshma sweda.
The medicated leaves will have properties conducive to the treatment. Therefore, these leaves and swedana induce perspiration which then propels the skin in the evacuation of waste in the form of sweat from the body.
Patra potli sweda or elakizhi, as it is commonly called, is specially indicated in conditions like rigidity, and cramps.
It is of great help to arthritic patients, patients with spondylosis, and body aches.
Special care has to be taken in certain cases. It has to be not administered in BP patients, patients suffering from fractures or dislocations, cases of varicosity, and extreme cases of inflammation.
Preparation of potli:
First and foremost, the potli has to be prepared and for that, the fresh leaves are washed in water and chopped into small pieces. The leaves along with grated coconut & sliced lemon are mixed all together and fried in 100 ml of appropriate oil till coconut scraps attain a brownish tinge.
This preparation is then divided into four equal parts and made into potlis
(Average weight of a standard potli is 300- 350 gm).
Seven positions? What are those??
These are the seven positions in which the procedure has to be done in a methodically chronological order.
Attentive care is taken to maintain the temperature throughout the procedure by reheating the pottalis.
Any treatment that brings in a feeling of lightness and contentment is worth attaining. Patra potli sweda is one such treatment as well.
It produces lightness in the body.
The answer lies in its mode of action. By pacifying the vitiated doshas ( vata, pitta, and kapha), alleviates the symptoms of the conditions like rigidity, pain, and stiffness.
Ayurvedic treatments are peculiar yet bring out exemplary outcomes, one such remarkable procedure is the Patra potli sweda.
* Outcomes may vary from person to person