Njavara Kizhi or Navara Kizhi, known as Shashtika Shali Pinda Swedam in Sanskrit, is an Ayurvedic fomentation therapy used to treat various ailments and strengthen the body. The name Njavara Kizhi originates from the Malayalam words njavara, which refers to a specific type of rice with unique therapeutic properties, and kizhi, which means bundle or bolus.
The preparation of the herbal mixture is a long process, where the special Njavara rice, which is the main component, is boiled in a herbal decoction and cow’s milk, cooked to a semi-solid consistency and then tied into the boluses. These boluses are heated in herbal oils and applied to the body during the treatment. This treatment helps to relax the muscles and offers relief from pain.
Njavara Kizhi treatment is recommended for individuals with conditions such as muscle pain, arthritis, sciatica, spondylosis, cervical myelopathy, scoliosis, hemiplegia, cerebral palsy, emaciation, paraplegia, lower back ache etc.
The Ayurvedic practitioner selects the medicated oils and decoctions used for this treatment after assessing the unique constitution and specific health concerns of the individual.
The Njavara Kizhi session begins with a gentle massage using warm herbal oils to prepare the body before applying the kizhi. The heated rice bolus is dipped in herbal decoctions and cow’s milk and pressed onto the affected areas or the entire body. The rhythmic strokes and gentle pressure of the rice boluses allow the therapeutic properties of the Njavara rice and herbal ingredients to be absorbed deep into the tissues and eliminate toxins from the body.
- Improves flexibility, mobility, and overall musculoskeletal health
- Enhances nerve conductivity
- Strengthens immune system
- Improves skin health
- Slows down the ageing process
- Promotes sound sleep