Avagaha means immersion and swedan means sweating, so the process of inducing sweating by immersing a patient in the bath tub filled with medicated decoction is called Avagaha Swedanam.
Although it is a part of purva karma that is performed before ayurvedic panchkarma therapy but it can itself be performed as a therapeutic treatment.
Indications of Avagaha Swedanam
- Vata disorders
- Painful micturition
- Back pain etc.
Ayurvedic physician carefully evaluates the prakruti, vikruti and dosha imbalance of the patient before prescribing decoction for Avagaha swedanam. On the day of procedure, Abhyangam is performed and patient is now asked to comfortably sit/lie in a bath tub filled with warm medicated decoction. The level of decoction in the tub depends upon the patient illness. In patients of hernia and painful maturation, warm medicated decoction is filled up to the navel and for patients of severe rheumatism or other disorders of the Vata Dosha, the decoction is filled up to the neck of the patient in the tub. In some cases, head of the patient is covered with a hood to increase sweating. The patient is allowed to stay in the tub till the time enough sweating happens.
- Nourishing and rejuvenation therapy
- Strengthens the body & muscle tissues
- Promotes blood supply by opening up the channels of circulation
- Relieves body pain, spasms and stiffness
- Rejuvenates mental and physical status