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Shastikashali Pinda Sweda

Rice bolus massage

What is Shastikashali Pinda Sweda?

Shastika Shali Pinda Sweda (pronounced Shaash-tee-kaa Shaa-lee Pin-ḍa Sway-da) is a unique Ayurveda therapy using a special variety of Indian rice in a bolus, dipped in a nourishing herbal milk decoction and massaged onto the body.


Shastika means “sixty”—denoting rice that matures in sixty days; Shali means “rice”; Pinda implies a bolus or bag and Sweda is the name of a sudation therapy. Shastika Shali Pinda Sweda is performed Ekangam (on one part of the body) or Sarvangam (on the whole body) with a bolus of boiled Shastika rice dipped in Bala Mula Kwatha (a herbal decoction) and Ksheeram (milk). This special brownish-red rice is also called Navara in South India. Even though it is a Swedana (fomentation or sweat-inducing heat therapy), it has a Brimhana (nourishing effect) and is useful to strengthen, nourish and support bones, muscles, joints and nerves.

Synonyms: Navara Kizhi (pronounced Nyaa-va-rah Kee-ree)
Service Cost
$ 130-170

Can be mixed with other therapies

  • $130 60 min Shastikashali Pinda Sweda
  • $170 90 min Shastikashali Pinda Sweda

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Please Note:

Ayurvedic therapies such as Shastika Shali Pinda Sweda, must be done under expert guidance. Please consult your doctor for a treatment plan, tailor-made to your body constitution and disease condition. This will ensure hassle-free treatment and will enrich your Ayurveda experience.

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The Process on the Spot

The chosen Bala Mula (Sida cordifolia) decoction is prepared and special Shastika rice is cooked in this decoction, along with milk. Then it is divided and wrapped to form a Pinda (bolus) in a clean cotton/linen cloth. The therapist will perform Abhyanga with a medicated oil chosen by your physician. A special paste called “Thalam” of herbs like Amalaki (Indian gooseberry) will be applied on the vertex of the head as a cooling measure. After this, the Shastika Shali Pindas (bolus) are dipped into the warm herbal milk decoction and applied by massaging over the body parts with varying strokes and pressure. The essence of the rice carryng the medicinal effects of the herbs seeps out of the Pindas and nourishes the skin and underlying structures. Several Pindas may be used by two or more therapists, dipped and stroked in clockwise or circular fashion, on both sides of the patient, in a rhythmic way. After the procedure the herbal rice paste on the skin is massaged with the hand and later washed off with warm water. The procedure may be followed by a steam bath or warm shower.

Duration:  60 minutes to 90min

Combination Therapies:  It may be combined with Abhyanga, Pizhichil, Upanaha or Vasti depending upon the disease condition.

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