Heel Pain is one of the common pains among a list of painful conditions affecting the leg (lower limb). Since most of our daily activities depend on our locomotion, on how we move and walk around, it becomes even more frustrating for the person suffering from heel pain. Ishtika Sweda hs 2 terms
Ishtika – means brick
Sweda – means sweat (sweat inducing therapy)
There are many remedies for heel pain which are available at our disposal. Ishtika Sweda is used mainly to provide relief from pain, inflammation, swelling and stiffness (catch) associated with heel pain. Many times it also acts as a disease-modifier wherein it provides a substantial relief of more than 90% and a long standing one too.
Dhanyamla dhara – A short course of Dhanyamla dhara (stream pouring of medicated fermented liquid is done a few days prior to Ishtika sweda, especially when the heel pain is associated with burning sensation and Pitta symptoms. Patient is administered with purgation treatment. – Sadyo Virechana with Gandharvahastadi Kashayam, Gandharvahastadi Eranda tailam, Nimbamritadi Eranda Tailam etc.
Bricks are heated to red hot, are placed in the tray or vessel kept on the stand The Dashamula Kashayam is poured over the red hot bricks The bricks start emitting fumes (steam) Bricks are heated to red hot, are placed on the tray or vessel kept on the stand The Dashamula Kashayam is poured over the red hot bricks The bricks start emitting fumes (steam) The patient is asked to keep his feet over the bricks maintaining a short distance between the feet and bricks. The temperature of the bricks is constantly checked. When the temperature of the bricks go down they aare replaced by another two bricks .This step is repeated several times . Steam is used till the feet and legs start sweating for about 5 to 10 minutes . The feet of the patient is wipped off with sterile clith dipped and squizzed in salted water . Matra Vasti or Enema is given after the procedure daily with medicated oil oil or ghee to remove the Vata and Pitta Dosha s,
Relives Pain due to Calcaneal Spur and other types of heel pain .
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