Avagaha Sveda Therapy
The Sanskrit word avagaha means to dip. Induction of perspiration by keeping the body parts or the body up to about 12 cm above the umbilicus immersed in a decoction is called as avagaha sveda. The bath tub filled with an herbal decoction or medicated oil is used for immersing the body up to 12cm above the umbilicus. Heat is applied to the body by way of warm decoction inducing perspiration, to get all the benefits of the svedana treatment. In addition to this, the herbs used in the preparation of decoction gets absorbed into the body, through the dermis and show beneficial pharmacological actions. Therefore depending upon the therapeutic effects desired, different herbs may be used in the preparation of the decoctions.