Pichu is one of the purvakarma or palliative therapies in ayurvedic treatment. “Pichu” is a thick cotton and linen pad which is soaked in warm medicated oil and placed directly on the affected areas to treat ailments of the head and spine including head, lumbar region, cervical region, joints etc.

Types of Pichu

Based on the location where pichu is to be used, it is of following types:

  1. Shiro pichu – placed on the Brahmarandhra (anterior fontanelle)
  2. Yoni pichu – placed at vulvae or at the external os in vaginal canal
  3. Guda pichu – placed at anus or in anal canal
  4. Karna pichu – inserted in the external ear
  5. Nasa pichu – inserted in nostrils
  6. Nabhi pichu – placed over the umbilicus

Indications of Pichu

  1. Vata disorder
  2. Cranial nerves disorders
  3. Degenerative and painful spinal problems
  4. Paralysis
  5. Chronic headache
  6. Insomnia
  7. Hysteria
  8. Hallucinations
  9. Osteoarthritis
  10. Spondylitis
  11. Dermatological conditions like dermatitis, dandruff
  12. Psychological disorders
  13. Neurological disorder
  14. Eye stiffness
  15. Epistasis, ear ache, tinnitus, lock jaw
  16. Gynecological disorders
  17. Skin disorders such as eczema


Ayurvedic physician carefully evaluates the prakruti, vikruti and dosha imbalance of the patient before prescribing the medicated oil for pichu. During the procedure, pichu is soakedwith warm medicated oil and is applied directly over the affected area. The warmth of the pichu and medicinal effect of oil seeps into the body and induces a deep sense of relief. This is followed by short, gentle and rhythmic massage strokes on the target area. Then a medicated herbal pack is applied on the area to further alleviate stress and enhance the healing process.

At least three treatments of Pichu are recommended for maximum benefit.

Benefits of Pichu

  1. Alleviates pain due to nervous or spinal disorders
  2. Promotes mental wellness
  3. Cures degenerative disorders
  4. Promotes immediate relief from pain and discomfort
  5. Renews agility