Patra means leaves, Pinda means bolus, Sweda is sweat, Swedana is sweat inducing treatment.Patra Pinda Sweda is a treatment in which leaves of medicinal plants having analgesic, anti-degenerative and anti-inflammatory properties are used for fomentation (sweat inducing) of painful parts

In this treatment, the leaves of medicinal plants having analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties are heated or fried in herbal oils to tolerable temperature and tied in a bolus. The bolus is heated in a pan or dipped in herbal oils being heated at a los constant temperature in pans. The heated bolus is continuously rubbed over the pain afflicted areas. This treatment is generally preferred in the absence of ama (intermediate products of digestion and cell metabolism, circulating or tissue toxins which get adhered in the cells due to their sticky nature, block the channels and transport systems of the body and cause pain and stiffness) or done after getting rid of ama through treatment procedures like Valuka Swedaor Udwarthana.

Patra Pinda Sweda is an unparalleled treatment in Vata morbidity or any disease or painful conditions caused by morbid Vayu, usually degenerative diseases. Leaves which can pacify morbid Pitta are used in the bolus for tackling inflammatory diseases of joints and soft tissues. Morbid Kapha and its symptoms like catches, heaviness, coldness etc can be got rid of by using Kapha destroying leaves in the bolus.


  • Patra Pinda Sweda is used mainly to provide relief from pain, inflammation, swelling and stiffness (catch) associated with bone, joint and or musculoskeletal pains.

  • Musculo-skeletal pains as in myalgia and or fibromyalgia (Mamsagata Vata)

  • Osteoarthritis (Sandhigata Vata)

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (Amavata)

  • Low back pain or Lumbago (Lumbar spondylosis)

  • Sciatica (Gridhrasi)

  • Intervertebral disc protrusion or prolapsed (IVDP)

  • Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome or Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Internal derangements (ex. meniscal tears)

  • Bursitis

  • Cervical spondylosis

  • Whiplash

  • Wry neck (Torticollis)

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

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