Churna is the Sanskrit term for powder, pinda implies a bolus and sweda is the process of perspiration. In Ayurveda, sweda is of four types, one among them is ooshma sweda.
Choorna pinda sweda is one among ooshma sweda. It is done with the boluses of various choornas (usually medhika, sarshapa, shatapushpa, jatamansi, atasi etc ). It can be done as snigdha(with moisture) or rooksha (dry) according to the condition.
In snigdha pinda sweda, oil is applied over the body as well as the pottalis are heated in oil. The potalis can be heated by the steam of boiling drava dravyas (liquid materials) like Dhanyamla( water with which rice was washed) in specific conditions.
The procedure of perspiration causes the detachment of adherent vitiated doshas from the channels in the body. These doshas are then propelled into the alimentary canal from where they are expelled from the body.
Choorna pinda sweda also has effects that cause this effect, it loosens the adherent doshas and causes their elimination.
This procedure is used in order to relax the stiffness muscles and alleviate pain and stiffness. In cases of vata and kapha dosha diseases, this procedure can be administered. Therefore, it shows exemplary effects in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain, cervical spondylosis, etc.
But patients with pitta dosha disease and patients with pitta predominant body constitution must not indulge in this procedure as it may further increase the condition. Also, pregnant women and patients with fractures and dislocations are to avoid this treatment.
Initially, the medicinal powder is prepared the powder is fried in the vessel till it attains a golden-brown color. It is then divided into 4 equal parts and tied into 4 pottalis.
The patient is seated on the table/droni and Rasnadi choorna is applied to the head.
Other thalams (medicinal application on the head) like navaneetha (butter)+ bala(Boerhavia diffuse), amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica) + thakra (buttermilk), etc are considered according to condition.
The prepared potali has to be checked for temperature by applying it on the dorsum of the hand of the therapist.
We ask the patient to lie in a supine position (according to the area) and the hot potali is gently applied all over the body.
With extra caution, without needing or messaging, we gently press the body with potali. Both potalis are used alternatively after the sting to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the procedures.
The same potali can be used for three days. For the purpose of entire body perspiration, this is done for about 30-45 minutes.
After the procedure, the medicines on the head are removed with cotton, and rasnadi choorna is applied to the head.
We advise the patient to take complete rest for at least half an hour and take bath in hot water if indicated for the disease.
This cures locomotory disorders like stiffness and rigidity and alleviates pain. It cleanses the skin and clarifies the sense organs for better perception.
* Outcomes may vary from person to person