“Ela” means “leaves” and “kizhi” means “pouch”.
This involves massaging the body with pouches containing medicinal leaves.
Elakizhi is used for treating the pain associated with arthritis and other joint and muscle disorders. It helps to reduce pain, inflammation and prevents degeneration.
Elakizhi is done only after oil application. A gentle abhyangam is done first. Medicinal leaves which have anti-inflammatory properties are fried in oil and tied up in a cotton cloth to make the pouches. The pouches are heated by dipping them in warm oil and applied over the body in long, circular and stamping strokes. The procedure is done in different positions as in abhyangam.