Why Is Pizhichil the Most Recommended Ayurveda Treatment for Detoxification and Rejuvenation?

Pizhichil is indeed one of the most royal treatments within Ayurveda, thanks to its incredible recharging power. It’s one of the most popular treatments in my Ayurveda clinic. Although this treatment is known more for its relaxing and rejuvenating power, pizhichil also has many other benefits. A whole-body version of the shirodhara, pizhichil (which literally means squeezing) is called sarvanghdhara (pouring a thin stream of oil or other fluids across the entire oil). The oil used in this procedure is medicated and is poured all over the body in a synchronous format when the oil is lukewarm. Thus the combination of heat, massage, and medicated oils makes this a complete therapy.

Unlike other treatments, pizhichil often requires more than one therapists who would simultaneously massage different parts of the body. This is also not a single-session procedure. It takes anywhere between 7 and 28 days, depending on the body’s condition and the patient’s schedule.

What are the benefits of pizhichil?

Pizhichil is especially beneficial for overcoming Vata rogas. Since it involves massaging the entire body, pizhichil is a great rejuvenator for the nervous system, circulatory system, and muscles.


The procedure results in profuse sweating, which is a great way to eliminate toxins from the body. The result of this detoxification is a soft and glowing skin, a healthy circulatory system, and slowing the aging process.

Neurological and psychological benefits

This procedure helps in overcoming anxiety and depression. It is also helpful in reducing stress and related body stiffness and pain. Pizhichil has proven effects in managing neurological disorders too.

Managing medical conditions

Pizhichil helps control the blood pressure and contributes to treating rheumatic diseases and managing conditions such as arthritis, paralysis


The symbiotic effects of massage, heat, and medicated oils result in a complete feeling of wellness, improving mental and physical well being. It also enables quick recovery after your body fights an illness or infection by removing the fatigue and improving the body’s immunity.

The process

Pizhichil is an elaborate process requiring about 3 to 4 therapists, repeat sessions extending from 7 to 28 days, and with almost an hour per session. The patient usually lies down on a specially prepared treatment table. The entire body is covered with a warm medicated oil that is squeezed diligently from an oil-soaked piece of clean cloth. In parallel, more than one therapist massages the oil-soaked body gently. The process uses many liters of oil and this process takes almost an hour. The therapists take care to prevent the patient’s head from sweating. This procedure is repeated for each session, with  the composition of the medicated oil changed depending on the patient’s body’s response to the procedure

Pizhichil – the complete rejuvenation package

Before you decide to go in for pizhichil definitely consult with an experienced Ayurveda doctor and ensure that your body is ready to undergo this multi-session procedure. A great option for rejuvenation and relaxation, pizhichil is indeed a “royal” indulgence for your body. The medicinal benefits of the oil that penetrates through every pore of your skin into your body will help in detoxification. The procedure also revives your tired mind and soul. This is a procedure that you can certainly treat your body to on a regular basis.

Contact me at The Madras Institute of Ayurveda for any questions you have about pizhichil and how this procedure can help your specific health condition or support your body in rejuvenation. You can connect with me at http://www.miayurveda.org/ or call me at +91-9444615161.