Shastika Shali Pinda

Ayurveda remedies aims at integrating and balancing mind, body and spirit. It is believed that this balance leads to happiness and health and prevents illness. Ayurveda understands that health is a reflection of when a person is living in harmony with nature and disease arises when a person is out of harmony with the cycles of nature. Chithrakoota Udupi is known to be the best place to go for an Ayurveda retreat and also experience a blissful stay while you get cured with special Chithrakoota Ayurveda Remedies.

As we age, we are more prone to fall ill and loose our strength eventually. It becomes difficult to stay energised at all times unlike at younger age. A beautiful gift from Ayurveda to the ailing world which is used to improve muscle strength, rejuvenating and re-energising the body. It is called ShastikaShaliPindaSweda in Sanskrit, which is a sweat-inducing therapy given to patient using a preparation containing milk and rice to provide relief from pain and stiffness.

The term ShastikaShaliPindaSweda is made up of 4 words:

  • Shastika means sixty
  • Shali means rice
  • Pinda means bolus
  • Sweda is sweat

Ingredients used:

  • Milk
  • ShastikaShali- rice that is harvested in 60 days
  • Balamula – roots of Sidacordifolia
  • Taila – medicated oil
  • Ghee – medicated ghee


In this form of treatment, initially decoction of Balamula is prepared. Two portions of this Bala decoction are boiled with equal quantity of milk separately. In one portion processed milk, the equal quantity of milk separately. In one portion of processed milk, the Shastika rice is cooked until formed properly. This processed rice is tied in 8 boluses. The boluses are then dipped in the other portion of processed milk and continuously ribbed over the body.

The strokes are given in a clockwise and circular fashion and should cover all the joints in the body. The strokes are made in a downward direction from the nape of the neck to the lower back and from the hip towards the feet. The boluses are replaced with a warm one once they lose the temperature. This method must be conducted for the recommended duration without any interruption.

Each session of this treatment takes about 70 to 105 minutes. The duration of treatment varies from 7 to 21 days depending on the severity of the condition.

Benefits of  ShastikaShaliPindaSweda :

  • Corrects the morbidity associated with the Vata, and Pitta dosha
  • Provides strength to tissues, mostly muscle tissue
  • Energises and rejuvenates the body
  • Prevents degeneration of joints and soft tissues
  • Relieves pain and stiffness and swelling related to arthritis.
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Soothes the nerves
  • Improves colour and complexion by improving circulation to skin.

This treatment is also beneficial for the treatment of lumbar spondylosis, sacroiliac joint syndrome, cervical spondylosis, and sciatica. It offers a natural relief for the patients with myalgia by reducing muscle pain and stiffness. It is also useful for the patients suffering from a severe and chronic form of rheumatoid arthritis in which though the inflammation has subsided, the joint pain remains and causes significant discomfort.

ShashtikaShaliPindaSweda is a form of Ayurvedic treatment that involves the use of natural ingredients. Hence, it is safe and causes no side effects. Ayurveda remedies in general causes no side effects since it is formed with the god’s greatest gift to mankind, nature.

It must be done with caution. Care should be taken to ensure that the boluses are not too hot to burn the skin. It should be performed only under the supervision of an expert therapist for the patients with controlled diabetes and hypertension.

Chithrakoota Kundapura is expertised in Ayurveda remedies. Treatments are provided by experts with care to help you gain a healthy mind, body and soul. Chithrakoota is your next destination if you are truly looking into experiencing a paradise in the world of Ayurveda with therapies that are sure to cure any ailment.

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