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Pizhichil

In Ayurveda treatment, Pizhichil is the squeezing of warm medicated oil on to the body of the patients from a piece of cloth that is periodically soaked in a vessel containing the oil. Pizhichil that is literally means squeezing; Pizhichil is beneficial for alignments like hemiplegia, and other paralysis. The patient is made to sit on a dhara table with legs extended. A cotton swab after soaking in suitable oil is applied over the scalp. Then Karnapurana (application of oil in the ears) is done. The rolled cotton cloth has to be tied above the ears, around the head at the level of forehead. Ears should be plugged with cotton and oil is applied all over the body. Gentle massage is performed by two masseurs attending on either sides of the patient. The oil used for Pizhichil is to be heated by keeping the vessel on a hot water bath. The temperature of the oil must be comfortable to the patient. Then piece of cloth is to be dipped in the warm oil and squeezed over body with right hand. Simultaneously gentle massage is done with left hand. The oil should flow in uniform stream from the thumb facing downwards from a height 12 to 20 cms or as per the condition of the disease patient.