“Aavi” means “steam” and “kizhi” means “pouch”.
Aavikizhi helps to open the microchannels and pores of the body and thereby expelling inflammation and swelling.
The rhythmic stamping helps to mobilise and disseminate hardened swellings and the potency of the medicine used helps to remove inflammation from the body. This is also an excellent treatment to reduce pain and stiffness of muscles.
Medicinal herbs are powdered, made into a pouch and heated using steam from a herbal decoction. This heated pouch is stamped all over the body in rhythmic strokes by two therapists.
This treatment is also done in different positions, as in abhyangam.