Nyavara kizhi is a rejuvenation therapy that is very useful during the convalescence period of injury and trauma, and also in cases of muscular wasting, arthritis, general weakness, paralysis, and pains related to the joints and sore muscles. This fomentation technique makes use of an indigenous variety of rice that has medicinal properties known Navara or Nyavara. Pouches or kizhis are made of Nyavara rice is that cooked in cow’s milk along with certain herbs. Medicated oil is first smeared on the head and body of the patient, and the body is then massaged with these rice bags. The temperature of the kizhi is regulated depending on the tolerance capacity of the person. The procedure is done in seven different postures.
After the treatment, the rice paste sticking onto the body is removed and warm medicated oil is once again applied on the body. Finally the patiient is given a bath in moderately warm water. This treatment is recommended for those with high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It makes the body supple and removes stiffness, promotes sound sleep and makes entire body strong, sturdy and well developed. A course of Nyavarakizhi boosts the immune system and slows down the ageing process. It improves the luster and texture of the skin, sharpens the vision and the sensitivity of the other sense organs as well.
Various neuromuscular disorders and degenerative muscle diseases are treated by this method. This is a tissue-nourishing treatment, using highly nutritious rice called 'Nyavara'. Hence, its benefits in treating paralysis, Parkinson's disease, cervical spondylosis, osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, inter vertebral disc prolapse, rheumatoid arthritis etc. are superior. Nyavarakizhi is also an excellent rejuvenating therapy to keep the body young and healthy. It nourishes the muscles, improves their tone, and imparts longevity.