This is a type of sudation process in Ayurveda. Here steam is generated by boiling the Fresh herbs in water and sweating is induced by that steam. It clears all the channels of body. It improves peripheral circulation by vasodilatation This controls the blood pressure. The medicines used in steam are helpful in relieving pain, reducing pain and swelling. It also reduces the weight by dissolving the fat under the skin.
The term “swedana” is used in Ayurvedic medicineto describe treatments which involve sweating. Many people use it specifically to refer to one swedana treatment, the closed steam box. In Ayurveda, swedana is used to relieve excess doshas from the body, establishing a state of balance which promotes general health. People who do not practice ayurveda may also take advantage of swedana treatments, believing that they have health and beauty benefits.
A powerful detoxifying treatment, the swedana helps open the circulatory channels, allowing toxins to be mobilized and eliminated through the sweat glands.
As the skin acts as a doorway for the elimination of toxins. When Swedana is applied to the patient, heat of a steam accelerates the chemical processes inside the body to excrete the accumulated toxins out of the body.
Millions of sweat glands make passage for the excretion of metabolic and other waste products hence reducing fluid retention inside the body. Opening up of pores through Swedana also stimulates perspiration allowing the emission of toxins and other impurities through the skin. All this makes Swedana an effective ayurvedic therapy that helps kidneys and liver in detoxification of blood.
Other major benefits of Swedana are :
- Helps in losing weight
- Cleanses an beautifies skin
- Effective in stress relief
- Provides relief from joint pain
- Eases sore muscles
- Relieves allergies/asthma
- Improves circulation/reduces inflammation
- It provides relief from coldness, stiffness, heaviness, and inflammation of the body.