In Ayurveda, Potli massage is based on the massage with pouches which are made of herbs. . Potli massage is highly effective in the Chronic pains.  This massage is also known by other names like Kizhi.


How Kizhi or Potli Massage works ?


  1. These herbal pouches or Potlies are made of clothes wrapped with special herbs
  2. Powdered herbs are packed in the special cloth and wrapped in form of pouchpotli-massage-ayurveda
  3. The content of the potli is specific to the illness and the person’s body.. 
  4. This potli is heated in medicated oil and applied on the painful area.
  5. Hot Polties opens the pores and increased the blood circulation with in the affected area.
  6. This relaxes the muscles. and relieves pain and inflammation,
  7. It not only relives the pain but also strengthens the tissues
  8. The Potlies or Pouches are  kept soaked and warmed in the oil.
  9. Usually “Nadi Swedan” is clubbed with this therapy for better results.

Typical Herbs used in the Potli are:

  1. Ashwagandha – relives stress and improve sleep quality
  2. Mustard and Neem – to detoxify & Skin Care
  3. Turmeric and ginger – to purify mind and body
  4. Lemon and mint – reduces headache
  5. Rice and rosemary – increase blood circulation and ease tensed muscles
  6. Cardamom and lavender – for calming the nerves and giving a refreshing effect.


Potli Massage Video



Benefits of Potli Massage in Ayurveda


The Potli massage is often recommended for curing :- 

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  2. Spondylitis
  3. Frozen shoulders.
  4. Sports Injury like Tennis Elbow
  5. Computer problems like Mouse Arm etc.
  6. Osteoarthritis.