Pinda swedam is a combination of gentle massage and sweating therapy performed with two warm herbal bags (boluses, ) by ayurvedic therapists. The procedure drains toxins and firmly agitate the skin and muscles to give immense relief (from pain and tension) to patients with musculoskeletal problems like rheumatoid arthritis, local back pain, stiff neck or frozen shoulder etc. The heated bags also heal the body by activating the tissues.

Objectives of Pinda Swedanam

  1. Pacify vitiated vata & kapha dosha
  2. Improve muscle tone
  3. Facilitate proper circulation
  4. Even the skin tone
  5. Improve sleep
  6. Reduce stress

Indications of Pinda Swedam

  1. Paralysis
  2. Sciatica
  3. Spondylitis
  4. Gout
  5. Back ache
  6. Neurological disorders
  7. Rheumatism
  8. Joint stiffness & spasticity
  9. Reduced joint mobility
  10. Lower backache
  11. Muscular dystrophy
  12. Malnutrition
  13. Sclerosis


Ayurvedic physician carefully evaluates the patient to prescribe the oil and herbs to be used in the procedure. The patient is given a hot medicated oil massage before pinda swedam. After the oil massage, linen bag or pinda, filled with a specially prepared medicated mixture is applied locally to the patient’s skin. The whole procedure widen the vessels and thereby assists in the detoxification of the body system.

Benefits of Pinda Swedanam

  1. Rejuvenate and nourish the body
  2. Relieve the pain, swelling and stiffness of joints
  3. Enhances strength of nervous system & tissues
  4. Cures musculoskeletal disorders
  5. Lubricates the joints to improve their flexibility
  6. Deeply cleans and enriches the blood
  7. Improves skin complexion
  8. Improves digestion
  9. Relieves stress and relaxes the body