A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man - he must view the man in his world. ~Harvey Cushing
Swedana is an individualised herbal steam bath. Swedana is a unique treatment where the head and the area of the heart are kept cool during the steam bath while the body is heated to remove impurities found deep within the tissues. In this technique you either sit or lie down on your back. Swedana treatment include various forms of heat therapies which may be done damp or dry, locally or for the whole body. The process open the tissues of the body with heat saturation and oil. When the tissues open, toxins or ama, deep seated in the body, can be expelled out of the skin. This helps reduce inflammation, promotes healing, and improves blood circulation and restoration. The treatment is not appropriate for people with heart disease or hypertension as the heat may cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.
There are 2 types of Swedana (steam therapy) treatment:
Full body herbal steam or Bashpa Swedana
This is a full body herbal steam therapy and is given after abhyanga (full body oil massage) is completed in order to increase the benefits of therapy. Through this process oil gets deeper into the skin and dislodges deep rooted toxins (ama) in the layers of the skin.
Nadi Sweadana, localised steam therapy (chikitsa)
In this treatment herbelised steam is passed in specific regions of the body, often along energy lines in the body called nadis. It relieves pain and soreness in the joints and muscles, also promotes blood circulation, and restores flexibility in tensed and affected areas. This treatment is beneficial for arthritis, immobility and neuromuscular conditions.