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Valuka Sweda – Sand Bag Massage

Valuka Sweda

Valuka sweda is an effective holistic treatment in Ayurveda and a part of rooksha sweda therapy. It is a kind of fomentation that stimulates nerve endings, relaxes muscles, and relieves pain.

Valuka – sand
Sweda – sweat

Valuka means sand and in this particular procedure, sand is taken in a cloth and made into bolus (Pinda) and Swedana is done with this bolus by heating it in a hot pan.

Sand should be clear, not too fine nor too big. Heated sand is used to make painful body parts sweat. This process is called dry fomentation.

Valuka Sweda is can be performed on a specific part of the body or the Whole body itself.


Preparation of Potali (Bolus) Sand with the above said qualities are taken and should be equally put into two piece of Cloths respectively and they are tied individually into a bolus. The Bolus or Potali is kept in a pan with sufficient quantity of heat is provided.

The Therapist should be careful regarding the temperature of Potali or Bolus, In order to check hotness of the bolus – he can touch the bolus with the back side of his palm. After feeling that the temperature of the bolus is suitable, the therapist can use it over patient’s afflicted body parts. When therapist feels that the temperature has reduced, he should re – heat it by keeping it on the Pan.


It should be performed for 20 – 30 mins. After finishing the procedure, Patient’s head should be applied with Rasnadi Choorna and Patient is advised to take a warm water Bath.


  • For weight reduction
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – This therapy alleviates pain for those suffering from inflammation, stiffness, swelling, and pain.
  • Helps in pacifying vata and kapha doshas
  • Cures joint pains and rheumatism
  • Treats back pain and muscle stiffness
  • Relieves muscle spasms and sprains


  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces stress and induces calmness and enhanced sleep quality
  • Strengthens tissues
  • Reduces pain, inflammation, and muscle stiffness
  • Rejuvenates bones, nerves, and muscles
  • Saama Roga
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Stiffness of Thighs
  • Obesity


  • Diabetes mellitus (can be done for a short period with caution, giving proper medicines to treat diabetes or in controlled and uncomplicated diabetes)
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Fever
  • Severe Alcoholism

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