“Upanaham” is the application of an herbal poultice.
The herbal paste and oil used for upanaham are specific to the condition of the patient. It helps in removing oedema by absorption through the skin and removes toxins through the sweat pores. The continued application of heat helps in easing the stiffness of joints. It is beneficial in chronic and hardened swellings, chronic joint pains, and in degenerative conditions.
- At first warm oil is applied to the affected area and gently massaged.
- Then a specially prepared warm herbal paste is applied over that, covering the whole affected area. The paste is covered by special leaves and wrapped with a cloth or bandage.
- The application has to be in place for a given time duration, after which it will be removed by the therapists.