GINGER COMPRESS FOR KIDNEYS

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Ginger is a good ayurvedic spice to warm up the body especially during the winter season. It can be consumed internally in the form of a kashaya or tea, but it can be used externally in the form of a compress as well. A ginger compress is a great way to unwind and relax the body as it is a type of swedana.

 Swedana is the ayurvedic practice of making the body sweat due to heat or warmth. Heat allows the channels in the body to open up. Therefore, a hot compress is a great way to help improve kidney function. Doing this also helps stimulate the adrenal glands which are situated just above the kidneys. This can prevent burnout and excessive fatigue.

GINGER COMPRESS FOR KIDNEYS

Using a ginger compress on the kidneys is best done on an empty stomach. It is also advisable to wait for some time before the next meal. Before doing a compress, do a full or partial oil massage or Abhyangam. This prepares the body for swedana. The method is described below:

  • Make a large pot of ginger tea with fresh chopped pieces of ginger. Allow it to boil and then steep and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Setup the area for lying comfortably on your stomach. Have a towel for the compress and another dry one as well. Place cushions below your stomach if you feel discomfort.
  • Remove the ginger tea from the heat and let it cool for about 5-10 minutes..

GINGER COMPRESS FOR KIDNEYS

  • While the tea cools, do Abhyangam for your entire body or just your upper body as preferred. Ensure you massage the lower back around the region of the kidneys.
  • Take a towel and immerse it gently into the hot ginger tea. Allow to soak and remove. Squeeze it to remove excess tea and ensure the towel is damp and not wet.
  • Lay on your stomach and gently place the compress over the region of your kidneys. Add some pressure.
  • Relax while the compress warms your back. When it cools, repeat the process.
  • Continue doing this for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • After this, take a warm shower.
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