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Udwarthana means to elevate or to promote. The name can be attributed either to the treatments ability to improve the body condition or to the upward strokes used in massage here, unlike in other Ayurvedic treatments. Udwarthana is an invigorating full body massage using herbal powder (choornam) instead of oil. There are many different types of Udwarthana, and they are categorized with reference to their purposes, whether it is medical or for relaxation.

A combination of medicated powders commonly used in this treatment. It is a blend of excellent nerve stimulating agents such as myrobalan, belerica and gooseberry. Other commonly used herbs are the roots Costus, deodar, Senna, horse gram, Phyllanthus and mustard. Horse gram and mustard are considered hot in nature and are very good nerve stimulator. Depending upon the indications of the recipient, the powder is applied in its dry form or is mixed with water to create a paste. The powder or paste is briskly rubbed into the entire body for a period of 30-45 minutes. The absorptive properties of the powder act to pull excess adipose tissue deposits from the body. After the massage, Swedana, an herbal sauna is recommended, followed by a bath/shower to remove the powder/paste.

This treatment is good for diseases such as diabetic neuropathy, paralysis, obesity, skin care, sciatica, indigestion and sclerosis of blood vessels. The massage activates the nerves and increases blood flow to the affected body part. Udvarthanam massage is also important to preserve health. As massage stimulates blood flow activates, revitalizes and restores the body, thus preserving their strength, skin texture, and natural elasticity. It is known to be effective at certain skin diseases. The reduction of fat is an important benefit.

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