Swedana is a process to induce sweating (sudation) artificially in a patient who has already undergone Snehana.
Swedana has many classifications-
- On the basis of induction of heat- Thermal & Non Thermal
- On the basis of application of heat- Local & General
- On the basis of nature of heat- Dry heat & Moist heat
- On the basis of intensity of heat- High sweat, Medium sweat & Low sweat
The most common sudation therapy is Vashpa Sweda (Steam Bath). In Steam Bath, medicated steam is applied to the patient’s body for a certain period of time to get perspiration. It removes stiffness, heaviness and coldness from the body.
The patient is advised to lie down inside a steam-bath chamber after massage with warm oil. A thick cotton sheet may be used to cover the body to get proper perspiration. The patient is to remain in the chamber for about 15-20 minutes.
Swedana is effective for neuromuscular diseases like Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Sciatica etc. Also effective in Rheumatological problems like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and is a great rejuvenation therapy.