Patrapinda Sweda


The ancient Indian medical and healing science of Ayurveda unlike modern medicinal treatment of allopathic tradition considers the disorderly syndromes in the physical or psychic process to be manifestation of our body’s naturally aggravated imbalance and therefore the treatment of the malady can only be directed towards reestablishing this order. Patra Pinda Sweda which is an intricate process of Panchakarma, the well-known Ayurvedic detoxification treatment is administered to the patient with this medical goal. Let us see here in detail why this process is so relevant corresponding to the Ayurvedic objective of treatment.

Importance of Patrapinda sweda

Patra in Sanskrit refers to container, while Pinda refers to packs and finally sweda refers to perspiration or sweat. The Shodhana or purifying treatment in the Ayurvedic tradition a person is massaged with packs of medicated herbs drenched in herbal oil until he is made to perspire profusely. This treatment called Patra Pinda Sweda is an important treatment for cleaning and purifying the micro channels in the body carrying sweat out of the body. The basic aim is to accelerate the sweating process so that one of the important Shrotas or circulatory channels in the body called Sweda Vaha can be cleared of toxic substances.

How Patra Pinda Sweda works?

Patrapinda SwedaThis treatment is mainly a massage treatment with herbs and herbal preparations. Herbs and fresh plants of particular importance for this massage are fried with several other herbal ingredients and tied into number of boluses and then dipped into medicated herbal oils. Normally the patient is directed to lie in different positions when the massage actually starts, though according to doctor’s guidance he can be directed to other sitting or standing postures as per the requirement of the convenient of the massage. In Patra Pinda Sweda a thorough massage of the body from head to foot is required by the boluses filled with herbs and plant leaves and drenched in herbal oil. At a time normally four therapists are required to administer the massage on the body for one hour until the patient begins to perspire profusely. As per the clinical condition of the patient the therapy may be conducted for two hours or one hour as per the therapeutic direction of the Ayurvedic practitioner.

Patra Pinda Sweda and Panchakarma

Panchakarma is the key Shodhana treatment in the Ayurvedic tradition which is crucial for making our body relieved of toxins or toxic substances and Patra Pinda Sweda is the particular process significant for clearing one of the important Shrotas or waste carrying circulatory channels. Perspiration or sweating is a toxin removing process naturally which leaves the body in regular intervals and in Patra Pinda Sweda only this natural process is given acceleration. Apart from toxic waste removal and clearing the sweat carrying micro channels throughout the body Patra Pinda Sweda also works as a great massage therapy for muscular and skeletal problems and also for nervous disorders.

Health Benefits of Patra Pinda Sweda

Though the primary health benefit of this Ayurvedic Shodhana treatment lies with its toxin removal function by clearing the micro channels throughout the body carrying sweat, as a result of its great massage benefit on the body it can provide numerous health benefits outside of the bigger goal of detoxification through Panchakarma. Some of the great healing consequences covering various diseases include anti-ageing and rejuvenating properties for overall organic functions, tissue strength and blood circulation, skin beautification and rejuvenation, promotion of vitality, removing disorders of nervous tension, insomnia, joint pain and arthritis, muscular pain, fatigue, spondylitis, etc.


Elakizhi, also called Patra Pinda Sweda, is a form of sweat therapy used to provide relief from pain and rejuvenate and strengthen the soft tissues, joints, and muscles in the body. It is prepared from herbal ingredients such as the leaves of medicinal plants to induce sweating.