is a relaxing,
soothing and rejuvenating treatment with medicated
warm oil used in a continuous stream for a definite
period for the whole body (excluding head & neck). It
is used to effectively treat arthritis, ageing,
general weakness, paralysis etc. ‘Pizhichil’ and
‘Sarvangadhara’ are technically the same.
’Pizhichil’ literally means ‘squeezing’. Here, warm
medicated oil is
squeezed over the patient’s body from
a piece of cloth that is periodically dipped in a
vessel containing the oil. In Sarvangadhara, oil is
poured over the patient’s body from pitchers. Pizhichil requires a lesser quantity of oil when
compared to Sarvangadhara.Before beginning Pizhichil,
a suitable type of oil should be applied to the head
and body of the patient. In some cases, a talam is
also applied on the head and bandaged with leaves.
The masseur usually begin
by squeezing oil on to the shoulders and then down the
hands of the patient who sits in an upright position.
Each masseur uses on hand to pour the oil while
massaging with the other.
Pizhichil is recommended
for diseases caused by a vitiation of the Vata
humour-Pakshaghata (Hemiplegia), paralysis and muscle
spasms – and other degenerative diseases that affect