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About Pizhichil

Pizhichil is a traditional ayurvedic treatment that involves the soft massage of the body using streams of lukewarm medicated oils. This treatment is known as the “King of Ayurvedic Therapies” or “Treatment for Aristocrats” as it was specially offered to the kings in the olden times. It is also known by other names such as Sarvangadhara, Thaila Dhara, and Kaya Seka. 

Pizhichil is considered an important part of Panchakarma Ayurveda treatment. It combines oil and heat therapy to eliminate Ama or toxins from your body and improve blood circulation. The lukewarm medicated oil is poured on the body by squeezing it out from a cloth, after which a rejuvenating massage is given. 


Pizhichil therapy has a soothing and relaxing effect on your mind and body. It is recommended for people dealing with depression and is effective for mental and physical relaxation as well. Some of the benefits of pizhichil therapy are:

  • Rejuvenates the skin: This detoxifying therapy helps remove all the accumulated toxins from your body. The massage is done after pizhichil removes toxins and dead cells and rejuvenates your skin. 
  • Relieves fatigue: It is known for relieving muscle fatigue. It restores mental vigor and physical strength. 
  • Manages stress disorders: Since our brain engages in multiple functions, we could sometimes suffer from mental fatigue. The pizhichil therapy soothes and calms your brain. It is an excellent way of relieving anxiety, stress, and hypertension. 
  • Reduces body pain: The herbal medicated oils used in pizhichil therapy help reduce prolonged pain and inflammation due to injuries in past accidents. 
  • Eliminates Vata disorders: The aggravation of Vata leads to numerous disorders in the body. The massage helps to alleviate the symptoms and calm down the Vata dosha. This therapy is also beneficial in enhancing paralysis and neuromuscular functions. 
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