Navarakizhi / Shashtika Shali Swedana (Rice bolus steam)

Navara-Kizhi-(Nourish-Your-Muscles)-700Navarakizhi or Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda is a form of sweat inducing massage treatment. It is used to improve muscle strength, rejuvenate and re-energize body. Here, milk and rice are mainly used.

Milk is a well known nutrient to us, so is rice. They form a part of our daily diet. But in this write-up we shall see how these 2 food products are used for treatment purposes, not when taken internally but when applied externally.

Yes! You have heard it right. Milk processed with medicinal herbs and a special type of rice are combined together to be used as an effective external therapy. This treatment is used to provide strength and nutrition to the body tissues, especially bones, muscles and other soft tissues.

The treatment is a special gift from Ayurveda to the ailing world and is called Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda in Sanskrit and Njavarakizhi in Kerala Ayurvedic practice. Though it is a sweating form of treatment, often, the term massage is associated with this treatment because sweating is used by massaging.


Swedana or fomentation (sudation, sweat inducing treatments, steaming treatment) is a specialized treatment of Ayurveda which helps in providing unparalleled relief in pain, swelling and stiffness associated with many systemic diseases, especially in rheumatological conditions like Amavata vis-à-vis Rheumatoid arthritis, Sandhigata Vata (Osteoarthritis), Kati Shula (Low back pain), Mamsagata Vata (Myalgia), Fibromyalgia etc.


Rice bolus is boiled in decoction of sida cordifolia and milk and tied in pieces of cloth to prepare packs.Warm rice pack is applied to the body and there by inducing sudation(sweat).


1) It has proven efficacy and indicated in muscular disorders, neurological disorders, emaciation and blood related problems.

2) Improves the blood circulation and metabolism and makes the body feel lighter and relaxed.

3) It increases the lusture and softness of the skin.

4) Effective treatment in vata induced disorders.


Neurological disorders like paralysis.
Cerebral palsy.
Generalise weakness