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Winter season is one of the pleasant seasons. People enjoy delicious food, beautiful dress and travelling in the winter season. To keep all the happiness in tact we should take special care of our health in winter season. Because of the coldness, dryness is enhanced. The intracellular fluid that is comprised of water and fat get evaporated giving rise to dryness, crack to the skin and internal neurological disorders.
In the management of intracellular fluid and the neurological competency Ayurveda has programmed different types of treatments, out of which Ayurvedic massage with oil or any fatty substance is the most popular one. Ayurvedic massage is very much beneficial which I will describe, perhaps in my next post. Today I want to say something about one Ayurvedic oil massage called Pizhichi. 
This is a massage performed by four therapists taking at least two liters of oil  for the purpose. The warm oil fulfils both the purpose of massage and sudation (Sweating). It is to be noted that massage should always be followed by a steam bath. In pizhichil there is no need of steam bath as the swedana karma (sudation) is done by the warmth of the oil.
This treatment is highly beneficial and being practiced for the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Spondylitis, Sciatica, PIVD, MND(Motor Neuron Disease), Parkinson’s disease etc.
Written by: Dr A P Nayak.

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