Steam therapy has been used since ancient times as a traditional healing system all over the world.
‘Bashpa Swedana’ is a traditional herbal steam therapy in Ayurveda to relieve pain and stiffness and detoxify your body. In Sanskrit , “Bashpa” means steam and “Swedana” means to sweat or perspire. Steam treatment is given to help balance Kapha in the joints. Steam therapy after massage, in Ayurveda,is recommended for arthritis, degenerative diseases and joint pain.
Steam therapy consists of applying herbalised steam evenly to your body as you sit comfortably in a wooden box. With this method ,your body can be fully steamed while your head remains cool. In Ayurveda, it is believed that the eyes and head should be protected from overheating. The person sits in the steam box which is filled with herb-infused steam for about 10-30 min. the herbs are added to the steam therapy according to the individual’s state of imbalance. This therapy helps to drive the herbal oil deeper into the layers of the person’s skin.
The steam therapy is truly an enjoyable experience for the individual. This treatment often follows a massage to further relax your body,reducing pain and stiffness. It also promotes the elimination of impurities through sweat.
Benefits of Steam Therapy (Swedana)
- Removal of Toxins
- Improves Blood Circulation in the body
- Reducing weight
- Benefits the skin
- Cleansing Respiratory System
- Relieves Stress
Steam is indicated in:
- Motor Neuron Disorders
- Low Backache
- Asthma and cough
- Chronic Constipation