What is Swedana and What Are Its Health Benefits?

Swedana (fomentation therapy) is one of the treatment procedures in Ayurveda. It is done as the main treatment procedure for various vata vyadhi or as a pre-operative procedure for panchakarma depending upon your condition.

Swedana is a procedure done to stimulate your sweat glands to increase perspiration and circulation. It alleviates vitiated vata and kapha dosha. It helps to reduce pain, stiffness, heaviness and coldness in your body.

Indications and Contraindication of Swedana

Swedana is indicated in asthma, cough, running nose, sinusitis, flatulence, constipation, heaviness, stiffness, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain, spasticity and various vatavyadhi like paralysis, osteoarthritis, low back ache, etc.

You should not undergo swedana if you are dehydrated, feeling thirsty and weak, suffering from very dry skin, dizziness, ascites, inflammation of the skin, oedema, fever, anaemia and jaundice, after consumption of alcohol and women should not undergo swedana during their pregnancy and menstruation.

Following are the few swedana procedures, which you can undergo in a reputed Ayurvedic clinic, and its benefits:

sweda type
These procedures are done for about 45-60 minutes for 7-14 consecutive days depending on your condition. Before undergoing these procedures, you need to undergo a thorough examination by an Ayurvedic physician.

Additional Reading:

Panchakarma – 5 Cleansing Procedures

Hemodynamic effects of Sarvanga Swedana (Ayurvedic passive heat therapy): A pilot observational study

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